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Melissa Pesce, LCSW

LGBTQ+ Relationships Intimacy Self esteem, Motivation
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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 8 years clinical experience and also the owner of a private practice.

I specialize in trauma, sex therapy, polyamory, kink, LGBTQIA+, relationships, couples, 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.

My office hours are Monday - Wednesday 9am - 3pm; Thursday - by appointment only. Live sessions are offered via phone or video.

I look forward to helping you grow and move you forward into the next chapter in your life. Let’s get started!

Professional experience

10yrs in practice
LGBTQ+ Relationships Intimacy Self esteem, Motivation

Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Sleeping disorders, Depression, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Communication problems, Infidelity, Men's issues, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic stress, Self-love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Women's issues

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

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These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Melissa Pesce. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Melissa Pesce has honestly been a balm in my life. I truly was lost, scared, and confused in general about life. I had a horrible experience with a previous therapist (not from BetterHelp) and honestly it truly scarred me from trusting any other therapists... or get any help for that matter. Melissa is patient, kind, funny, and lets you know what's up when needed. To be honest, I can't view how my life would be right now without wanting and getting the help I needed...and Melissa was truly the person who gave me the comfort of knowing everything will and is going to be okay.

Written on Jan 15, 2024 after therapy with Melissa for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, and self esteem

Melissa is always responsive, caring and reaches out if she has not heard from me.

Written on May 22, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 years and 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Melissa is a kind soul and very thoughtful. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for guidance

Written on May 15, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Melissa is the absolute best when it comes to supporting me and helping me get through life. She has been my therapist for about 2 years and I appreciate everything she has done while I am on my journey of growth and healing.

Written on Feb 03, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 years and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Melissa is an excellent therapist that listens really well and provides helpful feedback and techniques. She’s responsive and professional and made me feel very comfortable opening up and looking at myself. I feel I am more equipped in my personal life and a better communicator. Thank you so much!

Written on Dec 21, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

I have been in and out of therapy for many years. Melissa is the only therapist that I have come back to. She is always extremely flexible with scheduling and really focuses on changing the perspective rather than allowing me to complain about everything. Definitely recommend if you’re ready to stop loathing and start changing

Written on Dec 14, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 years and 5 months on issues concerning lgbt, trauma and abuse, and grief