Melissa Pesce

(LCSW)

About Me

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!


Specialties

  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Anger management
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , LGBT , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Communication Problems , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #SW15618 (Expires: 2021-03-01)


Reviews

Written by S.E. on Jun 29, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and coping with life changes

Melissa has been an absolute amazing counselor to me. I went through a very difficult breakup 2 months ago (During this current Pandemic) and she really helped me find inner strength and peace.

She challenged me to find what it is that I am looking for, and to always be kind to myself. I highly recommend Melissa if you are going through a very difficult breakup.

Written by J.E. on Jun 16, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and grief

I've made considerable progress in life thanks to Melissa's knowledge and expertise. I look and back on life before working with her and it's hard to imagine I could have kept going that way. She is an attentive, intuitive, well educated, and skilled counselor. She has been life changing.

Written by S.A. on May 03, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

She is extremely understanding and supportive!

Written by K.R. on May 03, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Melissa is amazing! She really makes me feel heard. She can get to the heart of the matter very quickly and asks thought-provoking questions that make me consider things that I hadn't even thought of. Her profile really stood out to me when I was looking for a counselor and I'm SO glad I found her.

Written by P.A. on Apr 21, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and self esteem

Melissa is AMAZING! She has helped me process so much in such a short amount of time. And during these unprecedented times, I have found email to be the best way to communicate, and she replies quickly and with great insight! I am very grateful to have found her, and Betterhelp.

Written by I.S. on Jan 24, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse

Melissa is a knowledgeable and caring therapist that has given me guidance to become a better person. Therapy with her has been a great and healing experience since day one. I can't imagine seeing another therapist because therapy has been so effective. I am truly grateful for her knowledge and expertise.

Written by J.O. on Jan 17, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 6 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

I love Melissa. She understands me and is supporting me through this hard time.

Written by J.. on Jan 07, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, anger management, and coaching

Melissa is great and I highly recommend her.

Written by J.T. on Dec 02, 2019 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

My first session with Melissa was incredibly helpful to me. I am already learning quite a bit and I feel more self aware. Melissa is a very good listener...and I am a wordy person so I’m grateful for her. She has been a clear communicator and has offered flexibility with scheduling. I would recommend Melissa to anyone searching for a great counselor! I have messaged her quite a bit and have had only my first phone session, but I am absolutely looking forward to continuing with her.

Written by J.A. on Nov 21, 2019 after counseling with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Melissa has reminded of the importance of being gentle with myself. She is also great about letting me be myself and helping me to have room to grow instead of trying to make me conform to her moral agenda.

Written by B.E. on Nov 09, 2019 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and adhd

Melissa is the person I have been searching for all these years. I've gone through SO many trauma groups, doctors, therapists, social workers, volunteer support counselors and she is just the perfect fit. Melissa listens, she understands and validates my feelings. When I need her, she's there and genuinely cares. We need more people like her to fix the mental health system. Life saving. Truly.

Written by J.I. on Oct 19, 2019 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, and anger management

Melissa is great. She gives great advice and listens.

Written by M.E. on Sep 18, 2019 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Melissa and I have connected very well and she goes above and beyond to assure that my concerns addressed.

Written by D.O. on Sep 05, 2019 after counseling with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

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.

Written by S.U. on Aug 13, 2019 after counseling with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Love Melissa.I miss her on weeks we don't talk. She's just wonderful and has helped me tremendously.

Written by M.I. on Jun 24, 2019 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

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.

Written by C.A. on Jun 04, 2019 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd

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.

Written by M.E. on May 31, 2019 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

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.