Melissa  Mecka

Melissa Mecka

She/Her/Hers

Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified, PMHNP-BC Practice: Lavender Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New Jersey Accepting Online
Updated April 24, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life coaching
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Insomnia & sleep issues

Professional statement

Hi, my name is Melissa and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in New Jersey. I specialize in maternal mental health, pre/postpartum, perimenopause and menopausal anxiety/depression with an emphasis on individualized therapy and a holistic approach to care. When clinically indicated I can, and will, prescribe medication on a case-by-case basis. We will determine the treatment plan together keeping your personal goals as a priority. I have been a board certified registered nurse for 29 years, a board certified Advanced Practice Nurse since 2000, and completed my post master’s degree in Psychiatry in 2021. I’m passionate about women's issues and destigmatizing mental healthcare. Together with my colleagues at Lavender Psychiatry, I’m on a mission to create a world where feelings are felt, respected and cared for.


Message to clients

My style is welcoming, engaging, and gentle. I value forming a close alliance with each client, and collaborating on all treatment decision-making. I work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, in different life stages and career paths, including students, parents, professionals, trades, service industry, retail, entrepreneurs, creatives and tech experts. Starting treatment can be a scary and intimidating process, I’ve successfully treated many people who are new to psychiatric care.

Ongoing care is always collaborative with an emphasis on your goals and priorities along with my medical guidance and expertise to assist you in those treatment decisions and lifestyle modifications.

The initial session is a comprehensive, one-hour evaluation which allows me to understand your current symptoms and difficulties, and learn about important aspects of your past psychiatric, medical, social, educational, and family histories. At the end of the session, we’ll determine the best treatment course. Session frequency ranges from weekly to monthly depending on the type of treatment you’re looking for. My focus is on holistic care and therapy without the use of medication unless all other avenues have been exhausted.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Life coaching - Identifying intentions and implementing strategies to build resilience and work towards one’s personal, health, or career goals

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Insomnia & sleep issues - Exploring ways to improve sleep patterns, develop healthy sleep hygiene, master relaxation techniques, manage stressors, reduce worrying, and address insomnia




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • GEHA
  • Health Plans Inc.
  • Healthcare Partners
  • Meritain Health
  • Nippon Life Benefits
  • Optum
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • Wellfleet

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (20min)

Location(s)

Online Sessions (New Jersey)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10am - 8pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 10am - 8pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Licensure

New Jersey: 26NN11066900


Languages

English