Melissa Russiano

(LCSW, LISW)

About Me

Greetings and welcome to Better Help! It takes a lot of courage to ask for help and just by coming to this site, you've taken the first step towards change. As a counselor I am here to support and empower you as you take that step. Whether you work with me or another counselor, I hope you find what you are looking for.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Tennessee with over 20 years of experience. I have helped individuals with a wide variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, eating disorders, self-harm, and relationship issues. I also have training in working with individuals who have experienced trauma or abuse.

My counseling style is warm and empathetic. I believe in treating everyone with respect and compassion. I also believe that YOU are the expert on you and your needs, so I will let you set the pace for counseling. I will encourage you to grow, but will never push you more than you are ready for. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, and solution-focused therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment goals to meet your unique and specific needs.

I look forward to working with you & regardless of who you choose to work with remember that you are worth the change you are seeking!

Melissa


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues

Years of Experience: 25

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

Licensing

LCSW #CW014975 (Expires: 2019-02-28)

LCSW #6255 (Expires: 2019-07-31)


Reviews

Written by C.A. on Oct 07, 2018 after counseling with Melissa for 9 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

Melissa is a very thoughtful and insightful counselor. She has been able to keep focused on my goals that I expressed in our very 1st initial consultation even when I take my eyes off of them. I truly believe hurt support has been instrumental in my marriage staying together and improving.

Written by J.E. on Sep 29, 2018 after counseling with Melissa for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Melissa has been a blessing. She has provided me consistent encouragement and challenges me to look at my concerns in a totally different light. I enjoy the fact that she doesn't pressure me too much when things get too heavy for me, but give me things to think about when I've had a little time to let whatever has been bothering me to subside. I really have enjoyed our interaction. I don't avoid my sessions like I would a face-to-face therapist because I feel I can been completely honest and open. I have tried e-counseling in the past and abandoned it because I didn't click with the counselor, but not so with Melissa. Melissa makes me feel like I'm talking with a wise friend and not a mental health counselor. She is fantastic and I appreciate her being in my life.

Written by S.H. on Sep 26, 2018 after counseling with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and career difficulties

Melissa is great. Always there when needed.

Written by G.A. on Aug 27, 2018 after counseling with Melissa for 2 months

There's nothing about Melissa that I wouldn't recommend wholeheartedly! Great listener! Great adviser! One of the BEST therapists I've ever encountered! Her knowledge, wisdom, and ability to help guide me through such a wide range of emotions was, is, and continually will be a beacon for me. Talking with her was always the high-point of my day and I look forward to examining and learning more about myself with her help <3

Written by J.O. on Jul 08, 2018 after counseling with Melissa for 3 years and 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, sleeping, self esteem, anger, and depression

Melissa is wonderful! I have been talking with her on and off for years and she is always happy to help me. She really helps me to get a handle on things and is always there when I need her.

Written by T.O. on Jul 05, 2018 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Melissa has showed great concern for my problems and has listened to everything I have to say with out interruption. She has been completely understanding and has offered tools to help me better understand the root causes; however, we are still in the early stages and it's going to take time to heal from the damage I have caused myself.

Written by J.O. on Jul 05, 2018 after counseling with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Melissa has really listened to my issues and offered good advice. We started off with general self-improvement and then my life was flipped upside down. Melissa never missed a beat and I felt like I could tell her how I really felt without being judged. She asked the right questions and helped me understand my feelings so I could move myself forward.

Written by J.O. on Jun 19, 2018 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, eating, and anger

Melissa is great. She really takes the time to listen and understand. I feel like I’m actually beginning to make some progress.

Written by T.I. on Jun 18, 2018 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, and trauma and abuse

Melissa is my second counselor with Betterhelp.com and she's been such an amazing presence. She communicates with you on your level and has really great suggestions to help with my situation. She understands and shows empathy and it's been so great having her to help me through a particularly difficult time in my life. I couldn't thank her or sing her praises enough.

Written by S.A. on Mar 10, 2018 after counseling with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and intimacy-related

Melissa is timely and her advice is always on point. She follows up and cares. I really have faith in her.

Written by J.A. on Feb 25, 2018 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and anger

I strongly recommend Melissa. She understands my problem and gives advice so I can think for myself and find my own path. I can write anytime and get answers back online and also have talks on the phone. Thank you for the help Melissa. It's very much appreciated.

Written by L.A. on Dec 16, 2017 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning family, eating, and parenting

I tend to write a lot about the situation I am going through and I know Melissa must read it all because her questions are always pertinent to everything I write. She asks the right questions that get me thinking how I can change my situation and make my life better. I definitely would recommend her and BetterHelp to anyone seeking counseling. It is wonderful to be a mom and get the help I need after the kids are in bed without the hassle of getting to a doctor's office.

Written by M.A. on Oct 19, 2017 after counseling with Melissa for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and anger

I've had counseling from Melissa for roughly a year now, tackling all sorts of issues & each and every one is handled with patience, kindness and understanding! I couldn't ask for anything better! She's phenomenal, would highly recommend.

Written by N.O. on Aug 31, 2017 after counseling with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, self esteem, and career

I have stuck with Melissa because she talks to me. Other counselors I have had didn't act very interested after a little while. I feel like I can share and not feel stupid. I have also ask her for information and she has provided something I could print out and read. I appreciate that a lot. Thanks Melissa

Written by A.N on May 07, 2017 after counseling with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Melissa is an outstanding counselor and is so helpful. She has definitely helped with my social anxiety and other issues. I am so glad I got her as my counselor. She truly cares about me and what I'm going through.

Written by V.I on May 06, 2017 after counseling with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning depression, relationship, and self esteem

Melissa has been really helpful in identifying where my issues lie and trying to help me figure them out! She has been attentive and informative! Thank you so much.

Written by A.B. on Apr 16, 2017 after counseling with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Great response time!

Written by K.E. on Mar 26, 2017 after counseling with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship

Melissa is such a caring, compassionate and empathetic person. I haven't spoken to her for very long but already feel like she knows me so well. She's able to comfort me and get me to think about things from a different perspective. I was hesitant to begin with BetterHelp when I saw the ad, but I'm so happy that I did.

Written by P.A on Feb 27, 2017 after counseling with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, and eating

Melissa is a fabulous counselor. She listens, she is insightful, she always responds in a timely manner. She continues to work with you until you get to the root of the issue.

Written by C.O on Feb 22, 2017 after counseling with Melissa for 2 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship

I feel safe talking with Melissa.

Written by F.R on Jan 31, 2017 after counseling with Melissa for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Melissa is a genius, she helped me through issues that I would have never managed alone, my experience with her was amazing, she is very dedicated and caring, and she offers her professional help generously. I totally recommend her.

Written by J.U on Jan 24, 2017 after counseling with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning relationship, and self esteem

One of the weaknesses of synchronous (live, face-to-face) therapy is its inefficiency. The therapist might ask a challenging question and it might take the remainder of the (45-minute?) session to work through the answer. Then, the session is done, you've accomplished little, and you wait a week for further progress (during which any progress may or may not regress).

BetterHelp.com eliminates this problem by leveraging asynchronous therapy, and Melissa knows how to use this to the benefit of the client. We can accomplish 3 or 4 deep, challenging back-and-forth dialogues in the same time (and cost) that it would take to cover one short topic in a face-to-face environment, because we're not constrained by one short session. In fact, I am the bottleneck in this relationship more often than she is, as she is astoundingly quick to respond with helpful information, and I'm the one who needs to find time to thoughtfully evaluate and respond to her questions.

2 months in, this has been the most efficient and effective therapy experience that I have ever been a part of.

Written by J.A on Dec 05, 2016 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, sleeping, and self esteem

Super knowledgeable and professional. She seems like she actually cares about helping you, and has alot of resources to help.

Written by R.I on Dec 01, 2016 after counseling with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

The only thing you need to know about Melissa is that she asks the right questions - the ones that will get you thinking on the right track again.

Written by J.J on Nov 19, 2016 after counseling with Melissa for 1 week on issues concerning depression, relationship, and self esteem

I was iffy about starting to speak with a counselor online, but as I began to speak regularly with Melissa, I realized this was the best decision I could have made. Melissa is very insightful and gives me a chance to figure things out for myself. She helps push me in the right direction with my thoughts. Also, being a Christian myself, it is so awesome that she is able to provide me with insights that are grounded in spirituality as well. She is truly wonderful!!

Written by M.A on Nov 11, 2016 after counseling with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and anger

Melissa is absolutely fantastic. She listens, understands and is incredibly helpful with dealing with all sorts of matters.

Written by J.E on Oct 27, 2016 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship

I was able to open up to Melissa right away. Her ability to instantly understand me and ask the right questions is very impressive. I didn't think something like this could genuinely help someone but with careful context and communication you can still gain the outcome as an office setting. Her exercises and challenges are great, making me think and challenge myself. She's been great to work with and my anxiety attacks have left completely since I've been able to open up to her.

Written by A.N on Oct 21, 2016 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

She is very compassionate and understanding, like an angel. It is very important and comforting to know that she really cares. I would highly recommend her! :)

Written by J.O on Aug 27, 2015 after counseling with Melissa for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, sleeping, self esteem, anger, and depression

Melissa is amazing! She's always got great advice to help me with my anxiety and depression. She always responds so quickly, and checks in if I haven't written her in a while. She is definitely very inspiring to me!

Written by M.A on Jul 19, 2014 after counseling with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, career, and depression

I would highly recommend Melissa Russiano to anyone looking for a counselor. It's evident that she is compassionate about helping others and has her patients' best interest at heart. I feel very comfortable talking to her.

Written by R.O on Apr 12, 2014 after counseling with Melissa for 3 weeks

Very kind, very helpful. Nice to have someone to talk to, who has your best interest in mind. :)