Maria Mellano is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in downtown Boston, MA. She is also a certified practitioner of Psychodrama. She specializes in topics related to holistic wellness, as well as self-worth issues, eating disorders, effective self care, and developing healthy, sustainable relationships - with oneself as well as others.
Much of Maria’s work is informed by Internal Family Systems (IFS), Psychodynamics, Spirituality, as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She utilizes these approaches to help clients identify patterns that are harmful, problematic and undermining success, 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 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 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
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:
Private Practice, 2009 - Present
Smith College, MSW, 1999
Maria was timely, knowledgeable, and had great communication."
She was very open, answered all of my questions, and was very compassionate."
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."
Maria answered all of my questions, and we were able to develop a clear path forward working together. I highly recommend!"