Maria Mellano is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in downtown Boston, MA. She specializes in topics related to holistic wellness, as well as self-esteem issues, eating disorders, mood regulation, and developing healthy, realistic self-care.
Much of Maria’s work is informed by Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), as well as Internal Family Systems (IFS). She utilizes both of these approaches to help clients identify patterns that are harmful or problematic, and work toward meaningful and lasting change. Maria also incorporates elements of life coaching in her practice to help clients attain tangible progress in their everyday lives.
Maria works with clients who have a history of disordered eating, or who are on the path to recovery. For these clients, Maria takes a multidisciplinary approach: she works with a treatment team, often collaborating with a nutritionist and the client’s primary care provider to ensure a holistic recovery.
As a certified practitioner of psychodrama, Maria can implement this experiential approach in sessions as well. This approach may be particularly helpful for clients who are struggling to reach a breakthrough with traditional talk therapy. Her office is located near Downtown Crossing, in the financial district accessible by all train lines, with the closest being State Street, Aquarium and Government Center.
She looks forward to welcoming you and helping you bloom a life you love.
Wellness - Improving the quality of one's life through exploring and expanding healthy and balanced eating, sleeping, and exercise routines; strengthening self-care and stress management skills
Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Eating disorders - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating
Mood - Development of coping strategies for uncomfortable emotions or situations; skills for emotional identification and regulation
Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self-care - Developing coping strategies and self-care skills to better manage stress
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Maria can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Private Practice, 2009-present
Smith College, MSW, 1999
"Maria answered all of my questions, and we were able to develop a clear path forward working together. I highly recommend!"- Zencare client • June 2020