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Melissa Merelas Psychotherapy, LCSW

Melissa Merelas helps women and teens experiencing unhealthy levels of stress, anxiety, and perfectionism. She helps clients figure out what is causing their emotional pain and self-doubt. By exploring how past experiences impact present narratives and developing healthy coping skills, clients gain confidence, prioritize their own self-care, and find more joy in their lives.

Melissa Merelas helps women and teens experiencing unhealthy levels of stress, anxiety, and perfectionism. She helps clients figure out what is causing their emotional pain and self-doubt. By exploring how past experiences impact present narratives …

Melissa Merelas helps women and teens experiencing unhealthy levels of stress, anxiety, and perfectionism. She helps clients figure out what is causing their emotional pain and self-doubt. By exploring how past experiences impact present narratives and developing healthy coping skills, clients gain confidence, prioritize their own self-care, and find more joy in their lives.

Specialties
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $200-260
  • Sliding scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New York
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Provider
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“I love working with women and adolescent girls struggling with anxiety, depression, and traumatic experiences.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
You might say it started in childhood; I always had the reputation of being “the compassionate one.” Growing up, my friends always trusted me with their problems because I truly listened to them and provided acceptance and support. After studying psychology in college, I worked in human resources and started a family. Later, I went to graduate school to fulfill my dream of becoming a therapist. Prior to opening my own private practice, I worked in a mental health clinic where I gained experience working with a wide array of issues and a wide age range. During my time in the agency, I became a trauma specialist where my work focused on helping adults and children who experienced childhood abuse. I also worked in a middle school setting where I developed a love of working with tweens and teens. I have completed specialized training in CBT, DBT, trauma therapy, and various modalities for treating substance abuse disorders.
What should someone know about working with you?
I love working with women and adolescent girls struggling with anxiety, depression, and traumatic experiences. I help them learn skills to cope with their emotions and symptoms, change negative thought patterns, reclaim their authentic selves, and find lasting change. Our first sessions will focus on developing a therapeutic relationship where you will feel valued and understood. We will work collaboratively to identify initial goals for treatment. Sometimes, I suggest practicing a skill that you learned between sessions with the goal of making positive changes and developing healthy behaviors that lead to meeting the goals you identified in treatment.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I collaborate and build relationships with other providers and we share information about the newest treatment modalities and services that we can offer our clients. I engage in ongoing training in my areas of specialty with a focus on anxiety, depression, and trauma. I stay committed to furthering my knowledge in my field by reading journal articles on appropriate treatment modalities.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Online therapy is a convenient option if you would like to work with me but my office is not easily accessible for you. Online therapy steps right over the obstacles of work, childcare, and weather. These issues no longer have to keep you from getting the care you deserve. And, thanks to telehealth, you don’t have to limit yourself to a therapist in your local area. As long as you live in the state of New York, we can work together.
“I help them learn skills to cope with their emotions and symptoms, change negative thought patterns, reclaim their authentic selves, and find lasting change.”