Jackson  Melnick

Jackson Melnick

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW Practice: Vital Essence Psychotherapy Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Rhode Island, Colorado, Texas Accepting Online
Wayland Square Accepting In-person

I am now accepting new clients for online therapy! Online therapy has been proven to be effective and I offer HIPPA secure virtual appointments.

Updated February 1, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Self-esteem
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Self harm
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Family issues

Professional statement

Jackson Melnick is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who focuses on the needs of people in their late twenties and thirties, with an emphasis on college-aged students. Some of his clients are experiencing interpersonal crises, or require talk therapy as part of psychiatric care, but many of his clients simply find it beneficial to meet once a week and discuss what is going on in their lives. His clients come to see therapy as a way to develop a greater sense of freedom as they connect to and accept the values and desires that make them who they are, find more creative and healthier ways of living those values out in the world, and the ability to cast away thoughts and habits that are not resonate with who they are.

Drawing from a research and evidence-based approach to mental health care, Jackson uses a process of analytic reflection to help uncover what is true and what is false in your life, help you to realign with what is true, and ultimately to live out your values in the world with more confidence, grace and enthusiasm. His style is very conversational. He employs the Socratic method as a way of helping you learn more about yourself and the root causes of your emotional and mental strain, and sees therapy as a space to hear and discover your stories.

He is a lifelong learner and was once a student at Deep Springs College, Brown University (BA) and the University of Chicago (MA) where he studied CBT, DBT, ACT and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. As a social worker, he views each client as part of a dynamic, psychosocial whole. He has particular experience with the range of issues facing college students, and with anxiety, life transitions, suicidal ideation and self-harm in adolescents.

Message to clients

My primary role is as an advocate for your happiness. This begins by working to identify and advocate for your values, so that you can begin to feel that life has more meaning, and that you are more resilient and psychologically flexible when challenges emerge. I ask that you come to therapy with a willingness to be honest with yourself about what your wants and values might be, and an openness to the relief that accepting what your wants and desires are can offer. Change is often as simple as reframing what is already going on. I often find that clients come into therapy worried that therapy will induce them into making big life changes. That is sometimes true, but more often I find that a client's outer world doesn't have to change, but rather their relationship to their outer world does; therapy can help transform a difficult relationship to whatever is happening in your life into something much more life-giving and sustainable. I also do work with people experiencing more acute distress around issues related to anxiety, phobias, OCD, suicidal ideation, and interpersonal crises. Please do not hesitate to reach out an begin a conversation about what has been happening.


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

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Suicidal ideation - Support living with intense pain, distress, and feelings of persistent hopelessness; strengthening meaningful relationships and experiences in one’s life

Self harm - Building skills and supports to cope with emotional pain, suffering, and numbness; increasing positive meaningful life experiences

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (in-network in CO)
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island BCBS RI (in-network in RI)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (in-network in RI, TX)
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare) (in-network in RI)
  • Colorado State University Student Health Insurance (Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield) (in-network in CO)
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare) (in-network in RI)
  • Medicaid (in-network in RI)
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare) (in-network in RI)
  • United Healthcare (in-network in RI, CO, TX)
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan (in-network in RI, CO, TX)
  • University of Colorado Boulder Student Health Insurance (Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield) (in-network in CO)
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare) (in-network in RI)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $125 (55min)
  • Initial session: $145 (55min)
  • Family sessions: $100 (55min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

I am happy to help you find out what your co-pay or deductible is, prior to our appointment, if I am an in-network provider for you. If you are out of network, I can provide you with a superbill that you can provide your insurance company, which will typically reimburse 60%-80% of the cost of your visit.


Online Sessions (Rhode Island)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10:30am - 8pm
  • Tue 10:30am - 8pm
  • Wed 10:30am - 8pm
  • Thu 10:30am - 8pm
  • Fri 10:30am - 8pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 10:30am - 8pm

Wayland Square practice
1 Richmond Sq, Suite 333W, Providence, Rhode Island 02906
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 8AM-5PM

Online Sessions (Colorado)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 5AM-8PM
  • Tue 5AM-8PM
  • Wed 5AM-8PM
  • Thu 5AM-8PM
  • Fri 5AM-12PM
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 5AM-8PM

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

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 3 years

Rhode Island Hospital, Emergency Department Social Work, 2021 - Present
Community College Rhode Island, Adjunct Faculty, 2023 - Present
360 Wellness & Coaching, LLC, Psychotherapist , 2020 - 2021
DRW College Prep, School Social Worker - Psychotherapist, 2019 - 2020

The University of Chicago , MA, 2021
Brown University , BA, 2016


Rhode Island: ISW03968

Colorado: 09930035

Texas: 112528