Hello, and welcome to Better Help! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Delaware and Pennsylvania. I have been a licensed Social Worker for over 13 years specializing in grief and loss, anxiety and depression, addictions counseling for families affected by addiction and most recently caregiver burnout and compassion fatigue. I have worked with clients of all ages including adolescents’, adults and older adults. My counseling style comes from a strengths-based perspective with a focus on assisting my clients in recognizing the many strengths they already possess while helping them to adapt those strengths to better manage the current crisis or situation they may be experiencing. I adapt my practice style to fit the needs of each client and will adjust my approach based on the goals and outcomes experienced throughout the therapeutic journey.
Asking for help is never easy but here you are, and you should be proud of yourself for taking this first step. I would like to assist you in this journey as you allow yourself to discover the strengths that you possess and the tools you can use to become a stronger healthier you!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
MA LICSW 126804
PA LCSW CW022476
DE LCSW Q1-0001736
Melissa is wonderful to work with. She helps put things in perspective and makes things much more manageable in my life. Talking with her feels easy and natural. I look forward to seeing her each week and hearing her opinions.
Written on Aug 08, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 11 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, lgbt, family conflicts, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
I'm very pleased with the work I've been doing with Melissa. She's able to draw information and point out connections that I hadn't noticed before, which allows me to identify contributing factors that I hadn't considered.
Written on Jul 08, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and compassion fatigue
Always willing to listen and gives great advice
Written on Apr 09, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Melissa is a great listener/conversationalist. She's more laid-back which I prefer as it feels more comfortable than a strict Q&A session. It's still early, but I feel comfortable with working on some goals with her.
Written on Oct 06, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Melissa is thoughtful and understanding. She gives practical help to improve the situation.
Written on Sep 14, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue