Maria Mellano, Therapist in Boston, Massachusetts — Zencare
Maria  Mellano
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Maria Mellano

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Massachusetts Accepting Online
Boston Not Accepting In-person
Updated August 10, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Wellness
  • Self-esteem
  • Eating disorders
  • Mood
  • Relationships
  • Self-care
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Maria Mellano is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker based Boston, MA, though since Covid all sessions are conducted remotely. She is also a certified practitioner of Psychodrama, an embodied expressive arts therapy. She specializes in topics related to holistic wellness, as well as self-worth issues, eating disorders, effective and soul-aligned self-care, and developing healthy, sustainable relationships - with oneself as well as with others.

Much of Maria’s work is informed by Internal Family Systems (IFS), Attachment, Psychodynamics, Spirituality, as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She utilizes these approaches to help clients identify patterns that are problematic, self-defeating and undermining success, and work toward meaningful, successful 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 and trauma and who are committed to being 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 create the conditions for 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.

She looks forward to welcoming you into her practice and helping you bloom a life you love.


Message to clients

Starting therapy is brave. Finding the right therapist is critical. And, now more than ever during these challenging times, therapy can be the support you've been missing.

If you are suffering and not sure how to make sense of things or feeling alone and overwhelmed with life’s changes and challenges and not sure what to do, help is here. If you’re yearning for change, seeking to live feeling happier, more balanced and empowered as your true Self, help is here. If you’re ready to unearth a dream that aligns your wellness and worth purposefully, I'd love to help you with that. If you feel like you simply need someone to talk to, I look forward to hearing from you.

I encourage a thoughtful process to feel into the connection to make sure it's as helpful as possible to address your concerns, that it's time and energy well spent and that you grow from the work with co-create.

I look forward to exploring how I can help you bloom a life you love.


Specialties

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




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • AARP
  • AllWays Health Partners (formerly Neighborhood Health)
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Health Plans Inc.
  • Medicare
  • Optum
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Tufts Health Plan (Commercial Plans, not via Mass Health or Navigator)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (55min)
  • Initial session: $200 (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

Location(s)

Boston practice
100 Summer Street, Suite 1600, Boston, Massachusetts 02110
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Tue 9:00pm-6:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Massachusetts)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2009 - Present

Smith College, MSW, 1999


Licensure

Massachusetts: 111055


Languages

English


Client testimonials

"Maria was timely, knowledgeable, and had great communication."
- Zencare client • October 2020
"She was very open, answered all of my questions, and was very compassionate."
- Zencare client • September 2020
"Maria is an incredibly thoughtful and insightful individual. I felt comfortable with her quickly, and I'm already exploring techniques that will support me in my goals."
- Zencare client • September 2020
"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