Melissa Planas

(LCSW)

About Me

Hello and welcome!

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California (LCSW) and I have been working in the counseling field since 2010. I have experience working in outpatient and residential settings with individuals with a range of ages experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship issues, life transitions, and a wide range of challenges.

I use a person-centered, and integrative approach with the individuals I serve. This means that I make consistent efforts to meet you "where you are at". I hope to support you in being a catalyst to progress through your unique process of self-discovery and self-identification. I utilize relationship building, experiential and narrative approaches, and solution-focused therapy. During sessions, we are a team, addressing challenges together to become free from judgment, criticism, and pain.

I believe in creating a space where we can have difficult conversations, work on resolving challenges, and collaborate together to identify goals tailored to your personal needs and experiences. It takes a lot of courage and motivation to reach out for support. I am here for you and thank you for trusting me to support you on your team.

I am available for unscheduled communication with subscribers Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm. I generally can respond at least once per morning and once per evening, sometimes more! You can also book a live session with me which can range in times throughout the week; please view "Schedule a session with your counselor" to schedule a time for us to live chat, video, or call.

Please remember that BetterHelp (or sister site!) is not appropriate if you are in crisis or in immediate need of support. In crisis situations, please call 911 or local emergency services. You can also call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to someone right away!

I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Anger management , Career difficulties , Depression , Coaching , Codependency , Communication Problems , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #66499 (Expires: 2022-07-31)


Reviews

Written by C.H. on Jan 22, 2021 after counseling with Melissa for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Melissa is amazing! She has been so patient with me since I’ve started my sessions with her. She has guided me in a way that has allowed me to open up which has helped me grow immensely! She is very honest and and genuine. Her being invested in me has made me be invested in myself and I have noticed the changes occurring in my life for the better. I would recommend Melissa to anyone who is looking starting to take their mental health seriously but doesn’t know where to start and for those who want to continue to grow and find new ways to be better! She is amazing!

Written by R.O. on Oct 29, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes

Melissa is wonderful. So happy to be working with her, especially because I was so hesitant to do online counseling in the first place. Really grateful for Betterhelp and the experience I've had!

Written by M.I. on Oct 23, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I’ve been working with Melissa for about 5 months, and she has been amazing. We have worked on all sorts of things in our sessions—pandemic wellness, self-care and self-image, anxiety, depression, grief, relationships and more. She has been helpful, kind, professional and supportive throughout everything.

She has provided me with many helpful tools I use everyday to support my own well-being and manage tough life changes.

I have found it hard to connect with therapists in the past, and my experience with Melissa has been such a positive change.

Grateful for her and her warm energy, and I am glad BetterHelp connected us!

Written by J.O. on Jul 27, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Melissa helped me to talk through issues with depression, anxiety, family, and my career. We did a lot in just two months. I now have a much clearer path and am managing my stress much better. I would definitely work with her again.

Written by L.I. on Jul 21, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Great counselor who listens and very personable!

Written by A.L. on Jun 12, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and eating disorders

I immediate felt comfortable and understood by Melissa. She walked me through Better Help and all the resources they offer. I am very happy to be working on myself with such a great counselor.

Written by S.I. on Apr 07, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Melissa is fantastic. She really listens and is really understanding. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I’ve never done therapy before, but she truly is great. I feel supported and I feel like she takes a bit of the world off my shoulders each time I talk to her.