Hi and thank you for having the courage to take this first step.
Life is a journey. Through my passion to empower you, I will help move you on a path forward in life. I will guide you through discovering your strengths and self-awareness to bring you clarity and direction. I am open-minded and create an environment that promotes healing and transformation.
I was born and raised in upstate New York. Completed my bachelors in exercise science from Ithaca College and a masters in social work from University of South Florida. I am a licensed clinical social worker, LCSW, in the state of Florida. I have over 7 years clinical experience and also the owner of a private practice.
I specialize in trauma, PTSD, anger management, depression, coping skills, relationships, self-esteem, behavior issues, couples, stress, life transitions, and grief. My integrative therapeutic approach utilizes trauma focused, cognitive behavior, and mindfulness techniques. These approaches are briefly described as: trauma informed care (TIC) is about safety, transparency, trustworthiness, voice, choice, and empowerment; cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is about the connection of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors and how they affect our daily lives; mindfulness based (MBCT) is being accepted and aware of yourself. Other types of evidenced based techniques I incorporate are strength based, solution focused, family systems, holistic, client centered and culturally sensitive.
I look forward to helping you grow and move you forward into the next chapter in your life. Let’s get started!
- Relationship issues
- Trauma and abuse
- Anger management
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Coping with life changes, ADHD
LCSW #SW15618 (Expires: 2021-03-31)
Several months into counseling with Melissa Pesce and I am amazed at what we have accomplished together. She has a wide range of skills and has patiently taught me several different techniques to improve my overall mental well being. She has the perfect balance of knowledge and intuition to recognize what my needs are.
Melissa and I have connected very well and she goes above and beyond to assure that my concerns addressed.
I love Melissa. She has helped me so much and I would have never known her without better help. Thank you.
Melissa has been awesome! Going through the loss of my spouse to just being sad he’s not here to share in joyful things happening.
Love Melissa.I miss her on weeks we don't talk. She's just wonderful and has helped me tremendously.
She is very helpful and immediately picked up the style of therapy that worked for me. I never feel like I have to sugarcoat my feelings or feel like I have no one to speak to when I am down.
Melissa has honestly been helping me realize a lot of things and has helped me feel comfortable. She knows how to listen yet talk to me and help me.
Melissa is a wonderful caring counselor who helps in several different ways and will work with you so that you are able to speak to her or video with her whichever method you prefer.