Melissa DeFilippi

(LICSW)
Therapist Melissa DeFilippi Photo

About Me

I have been a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker for 21 years. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and addictions.

My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I tailor my approach to each client. I use a combination of approaches, including: cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, rational-emotive, solution-focused. Treatment goals are client-led as I believe in a client-centered approach to treatment - where we explore and use your own strengths to facilitate personal growth.

It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LICSW #110274 (Expires: 2023-01-09)


Reviews

Written by M.A. on Jun 07, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 years and 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

I have worked with Melissa for over a year of great change and progress in my life. She has been expert in balancing my various mental health goals and helping me identify ways to use my support system, mindfulness and exercise to mediate my responses to trauma and stress. She is a star in her field.

Written by S.I. on May 16, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

She’s the best!

Written by T.A. on Apr 02, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 3 years and 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder

Melissa is amazing!

Written by S.A. on Apr 08, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

She is absolutely an amazing gift.

Written by M.A. on Mar 02, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues

Melissa has been extremely helpful in aiding me work through a difficult time. I enjoy our conversations and value her counsel.

Written by A.B. on Jul 30, 2019 after therapy with Melissa for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Melissa gets to the heart of the matter which I appreciate. And she subtly calls me on my bullshit which I also appreciate. Our work together on my mental health has me always suggesting betterhelp to people. Melissa also shows a bit of her personality which is good for me because I don't like when people just repeat back what I say with a stale piece of age old advice. Thank you Melissa for being a big help in my life as I struggle through anxiety, stress, and self esteem issues.

Written by A.Y. on Mar 27, 2019 after therapy with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and self esteem

I have completely changed the way I see things with my counselors help. She is amazing.

Written by J.U. on Feb 01, 2018 after therapy with Melissa for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and trauma and abuse

She is amazing. She helped me recognize issues/toxic patterns in my relationship that I could not see. I could not have done it with out Melissa! She told me what I needed to hear in the most respectful and supportive way.

Written by V.E. on Jan 13, 2018 after therapy with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and anger

I’ve been struggling with anxiety and depression for a long time and simply couldn’t bare it any longer. When I signed up for BetterHelp, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was hopeful. I have to say my experience with Melissa has far exceeded all expectations. I have been talking to Melissa for over 4 months now. I am so grateful to have found such a wonderful, caring, knowledgeable and relatable counselor. From the first day, Melissa made it very easy for me to connect with her and share my feelings and thoughts. She helped discover things about myself and my relationships that I wasn’t aware of before. Melissa gave me the tools to deal with my stress and helped me stay calm and in control. Life is a journey and of course my problems are not magically solved. However, now I have tools to deal with them, I can keep myself calm and focused. I feel like a million-pound weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I can breathe again. And, that feels amazing!


Written by J.O. on Aug 29, 2017 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and family

Melissa is exceptionally talented, empathetic and professional. I've seen many counselors over the years - and she is far and away the most effective I've had. Melissa is really something special.

Written by S.T. on May 27, 2017 after therapy with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Melissa is very kind and knowledgeable.

Written by S.A. on May 26, 2017 after therapy with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, grief, intimacy-related, eating, and sleeping

I LOVE MELISSA. She's witty, fun and personable. She helps me talk through my barriers with direction, purpose and excitement. She's the first therapist I connected with and I got lucky. She shares her experience and knowledge practically, and I have already benefited immensely from our sessions.