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Melissa Fortunato Psychotherapy, LMHC

Melissa Fortunato is a licensed mental health counselor providing psychotherapy to adults and couples. She assists clients in building resilience, improving their self-compassion, and harnessing their own strengths to create change in their lives. Her goal is to create a safe and inclusive space where meaningful healing and change can occur.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Life Transitions
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Marriage and Partnerships
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Out-of-pocket
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New York
  • Utah
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Provider
Profile
“I focus on creating a compassionate space where clients feel free to share their deepest thoughts and most troubling emotions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My journey toward this career began at a very young age due to witnessing firsthand the impact mental health struggles can have on the individual experiencing them as well as their families. I observed how alone we can feel when struggling with mental health issues and through that, I realized I wanted to help support and guide others to see beyond. I began my training in an inpatient psychiatric unit, working with adults who were suffering from severe mental health and substance abuse issues. I then transitioned into private practice where I've worked with adolescents, young adults, and couples. My current work has focused on young adults navigating the transition into adulthood. There is no set road map in life and finding our own individual paths can be challenging, but therapy can offer a space where you can gain greater awareness of what your path might be.
What should someone know about working with you?
I focus on creating a compassionate space where clients feel free to share their deepest thoughts and most troubling emotions. Our emotions are meant to be felt and expressed, and I place importance on building your ability and confidence in regulating and coping with them in a healthy way. Sessions will be a collaborative environment where we will work together to develop goals that focus on improving your wellbeing and aid in guiding you toward a more fulfilling life. I believe providing clients with homework between sessions provides an opportunity to put skills into practice. I tailor my therapy to each individual client and encourage active feedback to make sure you receive the treatment that is best for you.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I regularly engage in trainings and webinars in order to continue to improve my skill set and ability to best address my clients’ needs. I incorporate a variety of evidence-based practices tailored to each individual’s needs. I am currently in the process of being certified in the Gottman Method.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most hopeful and excited that the attention toward mental health will continue to increase acceptance and the willingness to seek treatment. I believe the shift in prioritizing our mental health in the same way we do our physical health is long overdue. We need to continue to work on normalizing mental health struggles and recognizing how empowering it is to strengthen our ability to work through them.
“Our emotions are meant to be felt and expressed, and I place importance on building your ability and confidence in regulating and coping with them in a healthy way.”
Interested in speaking with Melissa?