I'm a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a doctorate providing services for wellness and health promotion, improving relationships, decreasing depression and anxiety, and teaming up to remove or lessen roadblocks that stop you from becoming your highest self. My goal is to build connection, helping one feel validated and understood. I mainly use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as a form of treatment because I believe thoughts create feelings which then guide actions, and if one can challenge their thoughts, one can challenge their whole world view.
My calling to this kind of work spurred from personal experiences of severe depression that led me to change the way I looked at life through positive self-talk and other coping skills. I enjoy connecting with others in an intimate way and feeling that both parties have changed in a positive way from the experience. Counseling is a two-way street. My hope is my clients will work as hard as I do.
In addition to working as an LPCC, I am an active Unitarian Universalist as well as a full-time mom. I enjoy cardio kickboxing, rollerblading, singing in the choir, dancing and hula hooping with my daughters, date nights with my partner, and playing trumpet. I have 54 days’ worth of music on my iTunes library and love making mixed tapes for friends and family! My favorite quote is by Viktor Frankl: “When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Self esteem
I also have experience in LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching
LPCC #LPCC922 (Expires: 2021-07-31)
LPCC #E0002989 (Expires: 2021-05-31)
Dr. Marote has been my therapist for almost 3 years. She is very easy to communicate with. We use many ways to have sessions. We live chat mostly but have used the phone and I think we tried live writing once. She responds to emails promptly and always has good advice along with a type of activity like meditation, yoga, quiet time to go along with the response. She is always in communication even if it is to say "hope you will have a good weekend". She has changed my life for the better. My family and friends have noticed how BetterHelp has helped me. She is wonderful.
She is very well at getting back to you in an amazing timely fashion. She is very helpful when it comes to giving you different options for help to seek whether or not it's reading a book, worksheets, video calls. She has been a great guide for me to see not only am I not alone in my life but I have a safe place to not be judged and can be myself.
At first at I was a bit nervous not knowing what to expect from this, considering I've never done online counseling (pretty convenient if you ask me) and was overall pretty mixed up in my feelings about what was going to happen as well as excited (because who doesn't want free counseling right?) First Dr. Marote greeted me, then we quickly dove into the details of my current life situation ranging from my current relationship with my girlfriend all the way to how my family's environment and influence on me caused me to take the decision to leave the house, and overall was pretty quick and done with a lot sooner than I had expected. Dr. Marote was insightful reflective and compassionate with every word she had spoken, and especially helpful in regards to not only providing insight into my life but as well as putting things into perspective. In short, I would give Dr. Marote an 11/10 if I could, she patient, understanding, and knows what she's doing, and well as willing to work with you on how to deal with your problems.
Dr. Marote is great! She has helped me a lot. I have noticed a huge improvement in just two weeks. I feel comfortable during our weekly sessions and she is a great listener. She has also provided me with many helpful tips to overcome my anxiety and insomnia. I am truly happy I found her here on BetterHelp.
Dr. Marote is a great listener. She is caring and always very responsive when I send her a message. She always checks in with me to see how I’m doing. She has been very helpful to listen to me and offer useful suggestions.
She's Great! I was very wary about using this app in the first place let alone trying to connect with a therapist but I was wrong on both counts! Love Her
Kind, thoughtful, patient, realistic, comforting, funny- just an all around wonderful human & professional. Very happy and recommend this form of therapy to anyone and everyone- going into an office works for some people, but doing these video chats with Dr. Marote have been transformative, private, and more safe for me. Thank you!
I love having my counselor to talk to. She is very generous with her time. She emails back quickly and is always there if I need her. I am so thankful I found her.
Dr Marote is FABULOUS!
Dr. Marote is very patient to listen to my concern. She sends relevant reading materials to help me understand my state of mind. The exercises she sends me help me to learn how to process the negative thoughts. She keeps detailed notes of our conversation so every session is productive. And I feel improvement in my mental state and I feel that I have the coping skills to take care of my mental health.
I have been working with Dr. Marote for a few weeks now, and went through a few counselors prior to finding her. From responding to my first intake email, to our video sessions, I have really resonated with her empathy focused approach. She listens patiently to me, and validates my concerns by sometimes integrating her own experiences when appropriate. She also provides suggestions on books to read and gives a little homework to do, which I actually appreciate. Nothing is without intention, and I feel a great connection to her. She is wonderful, and I am very VERY grateful for her.
Dr. Marote has been an absolute blessing to my life. Being promoted to a stepmom recently, taking on 3 kids and various obstacles life has thrown at me. I am confident that without her I am not sure that I could have proactively made it through all the emotional roller coasters I have had thrown my way.
Dr. Marote has been invaluable to me. Priceless. The best thing I’ve done for myself is connect with her. She’s a big piece to a big puzzle. I’m forever grateful for the insight and the confidence I have in her advice. She truly cares about her clients/patients. I couldn’t be more pleased.
I have been speaking with Dr. Melissa Marote for less than a month and I'm already noticing big changes in my life. I highly recommend Dr. Marote :-)
Dr. Marote is a great supporter. She provided me with valid tools I could use to help me think more positive. Most importantly, she provides a safe space for me to be open and honest about the issues I have been facing. I appreciate Dr. Marote for her patience and understanding. The growth I have made wouldn't be fully possible without her guidance.
Melissa is an absolute all-star and a counselor I would recommend to anyone. Her open-mind, patience, compassion and endless support make her a confidant and a friend that everyone deserves to have. Melissa is really great at helping you make sense of your thoughts and giving solutions to deal with anxiety, stress, relationship issues... Her methods show results as long as you put YOUR heart into it as well. I would recommend Melissa to anyone, but particularly to someone who is wanting to try counseling for the first time and is a little scared or hesitant. Trust that you have a friend and support in this wonderful, wonderful lady.
Thanks again for everything Melissa! I am so much better because of you!
I enjoyed the sessions with Dr Marote! She helped me with finding my self value. Worked with me by worksheet to help the negative talks that are not true to my life. She often writes back to my messages and sends me many Isidro worksheets. She also shares a lot of good online resources often. I am a mom and a wife who is struggling w severe symptoms everyday. She understands me as a mom/ as a wife/ as an individual, which was a big plus to my sessions. Thank you for the time and dedication!
Wise, patient, empathic, organized, understanding and strong are some of Dr Marote's ways. She is an asset to her organization. She helped walk me through a very dark place in my life and I cannot thank her enough.
Dr. Marote has been exactly what I was hoping to find with BetterHelp.com. She is open to primarily written communication and responds with knowledge and helpful guides, worksheets and actionable suggestions. What's more, when I felt challenged and asked how she personally dealt with a situation, she was willing to dive in and share her personal experiences. She has been exactly what I was looking for, even more than I though would be available.
I've been going through the most traumatic experience of my life. Dr. Marote is understanding of the situation, offering the best advice she can to help me get through it, without getting my hopes up too much in a manner that would be unfair. She's responds to my very frequent messages frequently herself, and takes her time to understand my issues and provide resources with which I can tackle my problems them. Her support has really helped me on the way to recovery.
Writing a review is difficult as I feel the very nature of this work is so deeply personal. However, Dr. Marote is very kind, helpful and hears me when I voice my concerns. My life has become markedly better in the time we've worked together.
She is very attentive, listens to what I have to say and has very good input and advice on the things that we do talk about
It is always good to speak with Dr. Marote. She is genuine, compassionate and non-judgmental. I appreciate her support.
Dr. Marote, is nothing but helpful, reaponsive, sweet, caring, and very resourceful. I absolutely love having her as my counselor.
Dr. Marote has played such a hugely positive role in my life in the last 6 months or so, and I cannot even truly explain how grateful I am to have been connected to her.
Melissa is very nice. She's very helpful, knowledgeable, kind and easy to talk to. I am not sure where my therapy will bring me, but so far I really like it.
Dr. Marote is a spectacular counselor. She responds to my specific needs and is very quick to respond to my messages. I am glad I matched with her. She is kind and understanding. She has provided amazing insight for my life and helped me with my depression. Dr. Marote is calm and empathetic to my concerns and challenges me in a positive way.
Dr. Marote is an exceptional person. I always feel that she is listening me and understands how I feel. She is quick with tools to help with whatever I am having difficulty with and supportive. If all my concerns no matter how trivial they may be. I always feel like I talking with a friend rather than a clinician. Dr. Marote makes it very easy to discuss the most difficult issues. I highly recommend Dr. Marote.
Dr. Marote is an excellent counselor. She is smart, kind, and full of resources to help get through depression, anxiety, and confidence issues. I highly recommend her.
Dr. Marote has my full confidence. I trust her with my most sensitive issues and believe my well being is important to her. She respects and supports me through the efforts i make to live a fuller life. She offers practical suggestions that make my life easier and richer. She is dependable in her support and approval of who I am, I feel very safe with her.
She is extremely kind and open to everything I have to say. I always end each session feeling supported and given tools to better myself. Highly recommend her services!
Dr. Marote is a respectful and talented therapist. She is encouraging me to make improvements in my life and is providing resources on various mindfulness and other therapy oriented practices. I am very glad that I was able to be connected with such an empathetic therapist. I recommend her as a great member to add to your support group.
I've been counseling with Dr. Marote for 2 months now. From the get go, you can tell she has extensive knowledge about the problems that I'm dealing with. She is also very resourceful with any exercises, tools, links, articles, videos, that can help improve our situation.
That's how you can tell someone is experienced in the subject matter; because she was able to offer help in every dilemma that I was facing. There's no doubt that Dr. Marote is very professional, respectful, and organized.You can also tell when she can relate to our problems, that we are not alone.
I love the fact that she is very encouraging. Every now and then I would receive kind words in my betterhelp inbox, which led me to the most important aspect, the human connection.
It's not only about a troubled man like me reaching out to a psychologist in a formal environment.
Its much more than that. We are humans.
We long for others who would listen, care, and be supportive in our daily struggles.
To Dr. Marote and the betterhelp.com team, thank you. Thank you very much.
Melissa is very easy to talk to. She is open and accepting and offers counseling in many forms - whether is meditating more often to reduce stress or keeping up with positive affirmations, she encourages you to have a more positive lifestyle overall. She is also very considerate of time and responds to messages very quickly.
Dr. Marote makes it simple. She is so easy to talk to, it's like talking to a best friend with all the answers. She has amazing advice.
Although I have only been working with Doctor Marote for a short time, I can already tell that she is a kind, compassionate and considerate person who really takes her heart to the patient and invests herself in my well-being and getting better!
She is great!
I am grateful to Dr Marote, who is a great listener and very compassionate. Her expertise and the communication we have has helped me gain insight and put the insight into action.
Dr. Marote takes all the barrier out of getting help from a professional! She is easy to talk to, personable, non-judgemental. Being non-judgemental was really important to me in finding someone. For me, I needed a safe space where I could speak freely and get help with anxiety without worrying about being judged. Dr. Marote has a knack for listening and understanding and helping in a way that suites your "learning style". For example, I love reading - she recommended me books that propelled me forward lightyears and it has been great.
Dr. Marote has been very helpful.
She is one of the bests!
I'm grateful to have Dr. Marote as my counsellor. She is very attentive and easy to talk to. I like that she checks in with me regularly through text and always responds to my messages in a timely manner. With Dr. Marote's help, I have been able to leave a very difficult toxic relationship and slowly build a life that feels true to me.
Dr. Marote has been extremely helpful and I don't know how I could have made it through the last 8 months without her. She has been supportive, has very calming words of encouragement and always checks in with me to make sure I remember to have a good day. She has been a real friend.
Dr. Marote is one of the nicest, most professional, knowledgeable counselors that I have had the pleasure of working with. I did try two other counselors when i first joined BetterHelp but they were not the right fit. Straight away, Dr. Marote just got it, understood the issues, put me at ease, spoke to me like a human. She went out of her way to make the sessions as comfortable for me- whether that be through scheduling (as we live in two different time zones) and allowing me to speak about things whenever I felt ready, but she wasn't afraid to give you a little push when needed. I have already told so many people about her and I would recommend her services to anyone.
Dr. Marote was so supportive in my personal relationship struggles & really worked through the issues with me! I have made some great changes because of her! Very responsive and active with my Therapy sessions. Made me feel at ease & comfortable to talk with her about anything.
Melissa wonderful, caring and attentive and highly knowledgeable about the cycle of domestic violence. I’ve appreciated her help and guidance.
I really enjoy working with Dr. Marote. She is kind and helpful. And she is very flexible with me which I appreciate. She is providing tools and helpful information to assist me in managing my anxiety. I appreciate all of her time and care!
Dr. Marote was extremely punctual in replying to my emails. She offered some excellent perspectives and useful tools. I would definitely recommend Dr. Marote. Her support was hugely appreciated.
She's absolutely great and would recommend working with her to anyone.
Dr. Marote was extremely helpful during this tough situation. She helped me make a life changing decision and one that will be beneficial for my life.
Dr. Marote is always amazing and responsive! She is a great counselor :)
Melissa is the first counselor that I have EVER had. I was really nervous to start counseling, and my insurance doesn't have good mental health benefits. I found betterhelp.com and was matched with Melissa. She has helped me so much over the last few months. I really appreciate her knowledge and advice. She is great at remembering details, and picking up where we leave off. She has helped me gain coping skills, build my confidence, and help me process through sexual abuse, coming out as bi/pan sexual, and coping with some trauma. She is a skilled counselor. I recommend her to anyone looking for someone to listen, and help you process through a hard time.
Dr. Marote really does listen and have a lot of good suggestions for me to make to improve my behaviors that include depression, codependency, self-esteem, anger management and stress. She is constantly checking in with no pressure, and takes good notes to refer to during our phone sessions. She is very communicative about her scheduling, though she is a very popular therapist, so book as soon as you can! I had suffered from depression since middle school and experienced emotional abuse at the hands of my mother and ex-boyfriends. She has helped me find sources of my anger and desire to please. I highly recommend her to anyone who feel they have nobody else to talk to.
I enjoyed having Dr. Marote as a counselor. She gave me every option available to use BetterHelp. She was very understanding and kind. She made me feel normal talking to her; I didn't feel like I was talking to a counselor or that I was ever being judged. She was able to relate to some of my situations which was also nice. I am okay for now and am going to try to do without the help but should I decide to come back I will be requesting Dr. Marote.
Dr. Marote helped me through some issues. She helped me learn about myself, my thoughts, my patterns. I felt that for every measure of effort I put in, she gave that same measure back. Dr. Marote is wonderful and kind and anyone who has her as a counselor is lucky to be sure.
Dr. Marote is incredibly professional and capable. She helped me work through one of the most challenging times in my life, and gave me the tools to deal with challenges in the future. Additionally, throughout our sessions, my perspective evolved to one that, through the support of her coaching and the resources she recommended, is more more positive and self-serving. I highly recommend working with her!
Dr Marote is so good that even though it's out of my budget--I am signing on for another week! She helped me traverse a difficult family situation. I am experiencing a challenge in another area and I hope she will help me be graceful as I traverse that murky water as well. Thank you.
Great counselor. She has brought me a long way.
Dr. Marote is a great counselor. She always understands and always sends paperwork that can help in a big way. Just in 3 weeks, I have a better understanding of my concerns and working towards them.
I have enjoyed my time thus far with Dr. Marote. I look forward to more time with working through the issues I have identified.
Dr. Marote is very easy to talk to and is very receptive.
Great engagement! What I like best about her is that she generously checks on me even when I am not responsive!
Good listener and detail-oriented. I enjoy talking to her. Feel I am in good hands.
Dr. Marote is awesome! She really helped me understand a couple things that I did not have a full grasp on. She was able to give me some insight to hopefully point me in the write direction!
Dr. Marote is so awesome!
Dr. Marote is wonderful! She genuinely cares about her patients well being and will go above and beyond for you. She is an amazing listener and remembers intricate personal details. I've never had to repeat myself or, "refresh," her memory on issues we talked about. She is a great therapist and a compassionate and kind human being!
So I was having trouble with my 'little man'. Not an easy subject for a healthy man to open up about at all. Enter Dr. Melissa Marote. Chatting to Melissa is like chatting to an old friend that you can trust with all your dirty laundry, darks, whites and colors. Engaged, kind and above all, honest in the fairest way. I highly recommend Melissa.
I felt heard, really heard and understood as I worked with Dr. Marote. She provided excellent advice, empathy, and timely responses to my needs. I feel I have grown significantly in just the short 5 weeks we've been talking. I can wholeheartedly endorse and recommend her.
Dr. Marote has a healing, calming aura and this is one of the things that stands out the most about her. It is one thing to be proficient in your area of expertise but it is quite something else to be able to deliver it while still being true to who you are as a person. Dr. Marote does this effortlessly.
Dr. Melissa Marote is one of the kindest, most helpful and loving counselors I've had. She genuinely cares and that helped me to open up and be honest with her to truly help me through some of the struggles I brought to her attention. Thank you so much for your work with me.
Melissa is a very intelligent and strong counselor. She listens well, and provides great feedback.
Dr. Marote has been truly amazing and I can't recommend her enough! She's been professional, responsive, and of immense help when it comes to me being able to manage issues I was dealing with. Her questions, advice, and communication style have made all the difference for me. I can honestly say seeking her help and going through the sessions with her has been one of the best decisions I made when it comes to taking the right steps to get a handle on issues I was struggling with. I highly recommend Dr. Marote.
Thank you for your help!
Dr. Marote is my first experience with counseling and it has been a very positive experience so far. I'm excited to continue to build our relationship. She is very honest, understanding and relatable.
Happy with the service!
Dr. Marote is great!! She is extremely non judgmental and works to help you figure out your problems and provides tools and advice that best suit your needs. She follows up with you rather quickly and her live session appointment times are pretty accommodating!
Dr. Marote is incredibly responsive, empathetic, and helpful!
Dr. Marote is such a gem! I feel like she genuinely cares about what I am feeling and offers an empathetic and listening ear. She is very good at helping me put things into perspective and aids me in managing my anxiety. Would definitely recommend!
Dr. Marote provides amazing support along with excellent personalized advice in how to better take care of whatever you're currently experiencing.
Dr. Marote is very attentive to the needs of her clients- always offering a space for support. I also love that she is very solution oriented in her advice- so everything is backed with exercises and numerous options for growth. I have loved working with her and would highly recommend her!
Instantly comfortable and helpful. I expected something much different, but she's really awesome -- even messaging me while on vacation.
Melissa is truly caring, compassionate, and easy to connect with right from the start. She is gifted and can provide help towards healing and peace.
Dr. Marote helped me see the positive side of life even whilst going through dark times. She is very gentle and understanding and is very prompt in getting back to me when I message her.
I had a good experience with BetterHelp thanks to Dr. Marote.
Dr. Marote has been great and very supportive during a particularly hard time in my life. I know she has many other clients, so it means a lot to me that I hear from her almost everyday. She has provided me with many resources (books, articles, websites) that relate to my issues. I was in search of a therapist who was more than just a "listener" and somebody that would give me things to do and thankfully was paired with her!
Dr. Marote is so sweet and helped me through a stressful time when I was going through a job loss. She was accommodating with her schedule to schedule a live sessions or gave me written tips/suggestions/recommendations to help me with re-building my confidence to pull through the tough time. I found her to be very perceptive and highly recommend her to anyone else seeking counseling.
Dr. Marote is perfect- I feel a very strong connection to her and I am grateful that I will be working with her to achieve better mental health.
Dr. Marote has been so wonderful in her ability to help me gain insight into myself and has provided great resources. She's taught me the value of caring for myself. I highly recommend both her and BetterHelp to others.
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Dr. Marote has been very helpful. She has given me many ideas and coping mechanisms to deal with some difficult situations.
Dr. Marote is professional and compassionate. She wants to see her clients succeed and reach their personal best.
Very helpful, supportive and honest. Dr. Marote provided me with suggestions and resources to help cope with my concerns, especially with loving and respecting yourself again. Thank you for your help and getting me through one of my most recent difficult times. I am so thankful I found this site, very convenient to get the help I needed and quickly.
Really a wonderful counselor, one can look forward to. She listen to your problems wholeheartedly and gives better suggestions, support and care. I found a very good friend in her and will love to keep her in my close one's circle.
Very caring and attentive, and easily relates to you!
Dr. Marote is a very warm, loving, and supportive person. She is a great listener and someone I want to keep in my friends circle. Thank you for all your help Dr. Marote!