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!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues
LCSW #CW014975 (Expires: 2021-02-28)
LISW #I-1440174 (Expires: 2020-03-31)
LCSW #6255 (Expires: 2021-08-31)
Melissa has been an incredible, incredible partner and guide in my self-growth in the last year and a half. She is gracious, direct, insightful, and warm.
Melissa has done more to help preserve my marriage than anyone else!
Melissa has made me a believer in using the computer and phone for counseling. I was skeptical that this medium would be as effective as meeting with someone in person. I think it is actually better, at least in my situation. Melissa is wise and practical. She is empathetic and flexible. I thank God that I have had her as my counselor.
She’s definitely helpful and right to the point when the issues are discovered. I have never been through therapy but she really has a great way of giving advice and finding solutions to everyday problems. She really is great therapist and I’m glad she’s one of the good ones.
Melissa is the first counselor that I have been about to open up to. I've tried in-person therapy with a number of counselors. Melissa is the first counselor since my in-patient treatment that I feel totally at ease with. She lets me decide the direction of my treatment, not some pre-determined, canned exercises I've had other therapists use. She's very responsive, kind, and understanding when I need to be silent. I wish everyone in need of counseling could have the type of experience I've had with Melissa. She is, in one word, FANTASTIC!
Melissa is a great person!
I have only spent a few weeks now talking with Melissa, but from the very first phone call I found that she was extremely easy to talk to. I can tell that she really does care about what it is that I'm saying and going through. For the first time in my life I feel like I have someone that is on my team, there to support and help me to get past these hurdles without judgement. I am so happy Melissa is my therapist!
Melissa Russiano has helped me in amazing ways. She lets me continue on a rant until I am done and then addresses what the underlying issue is. She redirects me in my irrational moments and helps me to see the real problems by suggesting issues or problems that I have not already contemplated in my mind. I highly suggest Melissa to anyone struggling with anxiety and/or depression.
Melissa is absolutely amazing. She is always there when I need her, whether it is multiple times a day or just a few times a week. She always listens when I talk and doesn't make me feel judged at all for anything that I do or have done. She is a breath of fresh air compared to previous counselors that I have had!
Melissa is spectacular! From the start, she has been genuine, open, and incredibly supportive. I can tell how much she really reads every word I've written and is ready to tackle any problem with me - big or small - in a non-judgmental, productive manner. I was hesitant about online therapy, but Melissa has made this an incredible experience. She is attentive, honest, and patient. There are really no words to describe how great she has been and continues to be day in and day out.
Melissa is great. Always there when needed.
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
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.
Melissa is great. She really takes the time to listen and understand. I feel like I’m actually beginning to make some progress.
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.
Melissa is timely and her advice is always on point. She follows up and cares. I really have faith in her.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Great response time!
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.
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.
I feel safe talking with Melissa.
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.
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.
Super knowledgeable and professional. She seems like she actually cares about helping you, and has alot of resources to help.
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.
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!!
Melissa is absolutely fantastic. She listens, understands and is incredibly helpful with dealing with all sorts of matters.
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.
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! :)
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!
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.
Very kind, very helpful. Nice to have someone to talk to, who has your best interest in mind. :)