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Melissa Rizzitello Psychotherapy, LCSW

Not Taking New Clients

Melissa Rizzitello gets to the heart of the issue with kindness and humor. She utilizes a strengths-based perspective that leads to a collaborative and strong therapeutic rapport, ultimately creating a safe space for growth and self-discovery. She uses an eclectic style, incorporating several modalities of therapy, all based upon where the client is in their life journey.

  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Eating Disorders and Body Image
  • Women’s Mental Health
  • Addiction and Substance Misuse
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Licensed in
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  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
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“I love integrating creative modalities such as art, music, and psychodrama.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Looking back at my childhood, I was fairly consistent with my answer to the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" It was always some form of a healthcare provider, including a nurse, cardiologist, and dietitian. It wasn't until I was in my teenage years that I was introduced to my first social worker. I emulated their compassion, determination, empathy, and overall dedication to humanity. Fairly quickly, I intuitively felt that I found my life goal: To become an LCSW. In high school, I began interning in a local hospital. Subsequently, I was admitted into Sacred Heart University's advanced standing BSW program and followed this with one master's year at Fordham University. I graduated magna cum laude and summa cum laude, respectively. I continued my education and now have a specialty in substance abuse and addictions. I have a passion for eating disorders and worked in all levels of care in both private and nonprofit facilities.
What should someone know about working with you?
I enjoy approaching therapeutic work utilizing an eclectic style and ultimately basing my approach on noticing the individual in their environment. I work collaboratively to identify my client's strengths, ideally discovering the skills within and helping the client heal themselves in the process. I frequently utilize family systems, exploring core beliefs and the nature of interpersonal relationships. I love integrating creative modalities such as art, music, and psychodrama. I take on a holistic approach and believe to find healing, we need to nurture our full self, including mind, body, and soul.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
As a social worker, I feel the training we have received is second to none. I have studied policy, lobbying (visiting the US Capitol and writing legislators), grant writing, child development, human behavior, and more. We are taught to look at the world through many levels (e.g., micro and macro). We all have a hand in society and can influence change as long as we have the compassion to do so. I am limited based on my own journey. However, I acknowledge my personal worldview and experiences so that I can begin to explore the views of others.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am looking forward to the continual reduction of the mental health stigma. I believe it is a STRENGTH to ask for help and seek therapy. As a society, I hope we can continue to normalize this experience.
Are you open to working with other individuals outside your listed specialties?
Absolutely! I am always open to exploring how I can play a role in your journey. If I feel an area is out of my scope of practice, I will ALWAYS refer to the appropriate provider.
“I take on a holistic approach and believe to find healing, we need to nurture our full self, including mind, body, and soul.”