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: 2019-02-28)
LCSW #6255 (Expires: 2019-07-31)
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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. :)