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Melissa Alvino Psychotherapy, LMHC

Melissa has been described as relatable, caring, and down-to-earth. She is known for her eclectic approach, where she uses strategies from various modalities of therapy to ensure her clients receive individualized treatment tailored specifically for their needs. When working with Melissa, you can expect transparent, collaborative care provided in an authentic, warm, and safe space.

Specialties
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $80-140
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Out-of-pocket
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New York
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Provider
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“I value and appreciate the expertise my client holds of themselves, and I am grateful that my clients allow me into their lives in order to guide them towards healing and change.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I knew that I wanted to be a therapist by the time I was 11 years old. I was always interested in the human mind, our behavior, our relationships, and what it is to be in this experience of life. This intrigue has become a growing passion as I am welcomed into the lives of my clients with the ability to foster growth and healing. Throughout my career, I have worked with many different people, from teens in residential settings to adults living with severe mental illness. In my personal and clinical experiences, I have come to appreciate the healing power of connection, which is a pivotal tool I utilize in my treatment with my clients. I have been trained in CBT, DBT, and solution-focused treatments. I incorporate these evidenced-based interventions along with practical, every day tips into my person-centered approach. When my clients sit with me, we make space to process and we plan for change.
What should someone know about working with you?
Upon starting a working therapeutic relationship with me, I will come from a stance of curiosity. This allows me to gather information and help you to better understand yourself, identify areas needing growth in your life, as well as recognize and strengthen your own capabilities, tools, and resources to reach your goals. I do this through socratic questioning, homework assignments, journal assignments, skills training and coaching, and full transparency in our relationship at all times. I thrive to be my most authentic self with you in order to foster your healing, growth, and learning while celebrating your every win along the way.
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What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a member of the American Counseling Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors. I love all areas of this field but I am particularly very interested in the practical application of Positive Psychology as it relates to building habits that promote a greater sense of well-being and fulfillment. I continue to participate in trainings for cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy. I also find that it is always beneficial to expand learning in cultural competence and trauma.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I value the agency and autonomy of the individual as well as the uniqueness of the human experience. This has entirely shaped how I consider client's needs, limitations, and strengths. Due to this worldview, I shape my practice to tailor to the individualized needs of my clients in a collaborative manner. I value and appreciate the expertise my client holds of themselves, and I am grateful that my clients allow me into their lives in order to guide them towards healing and change. Because I value the uniqueness of the human experience, I always consider the client in the larger context of their cultural and environmental setting.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The pandemic brought greater light to mental health as a collective experience and as a result, magnified the importance of behavioral healthcare in America. It excites me to consider how the availability of mental health services can expand, particularly with the introduction of telehealth as a primary avenue for treatment at this time in history.
“Because I value the uniqueness of the human experience, I always consider the client in the larger context of their cultural and environmental setting.”
Interested in speaking with Melissa?