Hello and welcome to BetterHelp, reaching out to seek counseling is a major step in addressing and managing concerns in your life.
I realize how important it is to find a counselor that you can connect with to see progress during challenging times. It is important to establish a healthy relationship to move forward with managing changes in your life. I would like to provide some information about myself and my counseling style, to determine if we would be a good match.
I have 20 years of social work experience. I received my masters degree from New York University. My experience working with clients has been managing cases related to anxiety, panic attacks, depression and crisis intervention, substance abuse and domestic violence. I have worked with chronically ill clients and their families to better cope with their ongoing needs. I am passionate and experienced with counseling related to the LGBTQ+ community.
My practice style is upfront and honest. I feel establishing a strong working relationship with a client to work effectively to manage concerns. I am compassionate and easy to engage with. We will work together to determine the best approach to address your current concerns.
THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP AND SELF-DETERMINATION POLICY
One of the ethical values of the Social Work profession is giving each individual the right to self-determination. You have the right to pick your own therapist, so if at any point you feel that we are not a good fit, please let me know so we can address/ try to resolve these issues and get you the right support/ therapist. You can also change counselors by clicking on “change counselors” in the top right of your dashboard- I would encourage you to let me know first so we can formally end our therapeutic alliance. There are times when people feel their needs are met and no longer need this support, I would also encourage you to bring up these discussions with me as they are part of the healing process and ending the therapeutic relationship.
I look forward to speaking with you to best determine a method to communicate. I have availability to work via video chat, phone or text. I check my email frequently to coordinate a time frame that will meet your needs.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Compassion fatigue
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy
NJ LCSW 44SC05628600
Melissa is a great listener, therapist, and friend at times. She is very professional and experienced and gave very realistic yet ambitious goals throughout the sessions. She always asked questions and gave the opportunity to introspect. I would highly recommend her to someone going through any kind of rough time because she is always going to be there to listen like a wise friend.
Written on Jan 29, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Melissa has been amazing to me! She is always responsive in a timely manner and helps me cope with daily triggers. She has a lot of experience and is able to relate to me in so many ways.
Written on Dec 22, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Very knowledgeable and asks the right questions
Written on Oct 15, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and adhd
So positive, creative and intuitive!
Written on Sep 23, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem
Melissa was just so insightful and supportive. In a short amount of time she picked up on key things about me, what I should work on and helped me set goals for myself that were needed. She is a very caring therapist and easy to talk to, non judgemental and thoughtful. I would love to reconnect with her later on. She is a people person, and conversation with her did not feel forced or awkward, but instead natural and productive.
Written on Sep 03, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd
I feel like Melissa picked up so fast on where I left off with lyndsey. She is different and easy to talk to. I am working through things differently in only two sessions. There has been a lot going on in the last two weeks and she helps me understand
Written on Jul 14, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety