Melissa Torres

(LCSW, NSW-C, CMHIMP, CCTP)

About Me

Beginning my career in New York City at Cancer Care I provided support to clients & families impacted by cancer. This experience laid the groundwork for my integrative approach to treatment & inspired me to further serve & empower other individuals.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. I have experience working with clients in the mental health/health care industry for over 20 years. I am trained in psychoanalytical, cognitive and dialectical behavior therapy. I’m also trained & have experience treating individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, sexual abuse & trauma.

My professional history includes providing therapeutic support to 9/11 first responders & patients on dialysis. Whether a client is struggling with trauma or a change in health, I feel a client’s struggle is a valiant one worthy of respect, understanding & compassion.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Avoidant Personality , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Cancer , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 12

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Spanish


Licensing

LCSW #0904011528 (Expires: 2021-06-30)


Reviews

Written by G.E. on Jan 12, 2021 after counseling with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Melissa was the best counselor I could have asked for in my case. I'm so happy I was able to work with her. She gave me really useful tools to treat my anxiety and mental health, and it gave me the space I needed to find my peace. Thank you so much!

Written by S.H. on Jan 10, 2021 after counseling with Melissa for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, coaching, and compassion fatigue

I have been working with Melissa for about a month. I will say that she is God sent and truly gifted. She gets it. She gets me. She gets my issues. I am happy to have her during this difficult time.

Written by C.H. on Jan 10, 2021 after counseling with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

She has been great!

Written by P.O. on Jan 06, 2021 after counseling with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and coping with life changes

Melissa has a very unauthoritative and friendly approach, which enables you to express your vulnerabilities and feelings in an environment that is nonjudgemental.

Not only does Melissa display great knowledge in her field of work, she also portrays a level of understanding from her own lived experiences and how they inform her practise, which is comforting and reassuring! Melissa uses both a very theoretical and personal approach during sessions which enables anxiety stuffer to understand both the biological side of anxiety, as well as the cognitive, which makes everything a little less scary!

I have been doing therapy with Melissa for just over two months, and although I would say I’m not yet quite near recovery (although Melissa has taught me that I’m very hard on myself so this may not be the case) my anxiety has reduced significantly.

I look forward to each session Melissa and would recommend Melissa to anyone seeking support with their anxiety!

Written by N.I. on Dec 25, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Melissa is a really kind person, she helped me coping with my depression that was getting worse due to worries regarding Brexit and the stress caused by the lockdown I imposed on myself to protect others. She is very flexible in her methods and she accomodates your needs really fast, either you need exercises or you just need to chat about your worries. She has been really supportive and positive. She checks her messages every day and she answers really quickly to make sure her clients are ok. I appreciate Melissa not only as a therapist but also as a person. Thank you!

Written by B.E. on Nov 30, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

She is better than all of the therapists I’ve ever had. She is good at her job, and just a genuinely kind and passionate woman. I’ve learned how to find my voice and I have her to thank for that.

Written by I.A. on Nov 12, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, and self esteem

She is kind, caring, and overall been helpful in helping me understanding my issues. I cannot recommend her enough.

Written by J.A. on Nov 08, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, and sleeping disorders

I am relieved to have found a therapist that listens and provides useful help. We have been in only a handful of sessions, but I am feeling like the our sessions are productive. I really appreciate her compassion and commitment. Thank you

Written by T.E. on Oct 27, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

She had a wonderful bedside manner. She listens and communicates in a way that helpful and firm without it feeling condescending or overbearing. I'm so glad I found her!

Written by J.A. on Oct 10, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and intimacy-related issues

Melissa is great therapist so far she makes did deep within yourself to understand why you have certain thoughts. She’s been proving great exercises for me to help my thoughts process when it comes to negative thinking. I’m already feeling better and it’s just the beginning.

I can’t wait to continue my journey and looking forward to the outcome. I highly recommend her if you have General Anxiety and tend to think about negative thoughts.

Written by T.O. on Sep 27, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd

I have just starting working with Melissa and she seems to be kind, caring, and informative. I appreciate her assistance.

Written by A.S. on Sep 17, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse, eating disorders, and self esteem

Melissa takes the time to listen and encourages me to look outside of my comfort zone.

Written by K.E. on Sep 08, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Ms.Torres is kind and understanding. She listens to your problems and finds the best fit solution or advice; solutions one can apply to their lives. At times it even feels like we’re friends because she makes you feel comfortable.

Written by L.I. on Sep 06, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Melissa Torres is a wonderful therapist. She listens and understands my needs. Very knowledgeable and kind. I look forward to our next session.

Written by T.E. on Sep 04, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, grief, and coping with life changes

She’s super responsive and lovely!

Written by N.A. on Sep 01, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

So far Melissa is a great match for me and my needs! She is understanding and patient. She makes me feel comfortable so I can be very honest. She offers realistic solutions to my issues. I would recommend!

Written by M.E. on Aug 18, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, and self esteem

She's great! A very good listener with great insight!

Written by S.H. on Aug 11, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 days

I enjoyed my session with Ms. Torres! She helped me gain perspective and insight.

Written by F.R. on Aug 05, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety

She's helped me a lot even just with a few sessions. You can tell she geniuely cares about you and your well-being.

Written by D.A. on Aug 03, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

She's fantastic ! Very nice, kind and understanding, without being judgmental. Knows when to speak the painful truth but with love. Her life experiences mean she's someone who doesn't just have the head knowledge but have also lived it. Thanks again !

Written by O.X. on Jul 31, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks

I m thanks for putting her as my counselor, we were talking, she listens to me, and give me option. I very happy with her

Written by J.E. on Jul 16, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

Melissa is extremely helpful and a great listener. In the short time we have conversed, she has made me feel very comfortable.

Written by M.J. on Jul 14, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and self esteem

She’s been great since day one. Good listener, impressive skills and extremely supportive.

Written by K.A. on Jul 13, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Melissa is such an attentive listener and helps me remind myself that I’m not crazy. She helps me feel optimistic and hopeful and never uncomfortable about my trauma. I am very thankful for her and wouldn’t want to change to anyone else ever.