Maria  Mellano

Maria Mellano

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for morning, afternoon, & daytime appointments in Boston practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

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

Professional statement

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.

Message to clients

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, we can help. If you’re yearning for change, seeking to live feeling happier, more balanced and empowered as your true Self. If you’re ready to unearth a deeply buried dream that aligns your wellness and worth purposefully... we can help.


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


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


  • Medicare
  • Tufts Health Plan

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (50-55min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (60min)

Therapist's note

Maria can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Boston practice

112 Water Street

Suite 203

Boston, MA 02109


  • Mon 1:00pm-7:00pm
  • Tue 1:00pm-7:00pm
  • Wed 1:00pm-7:00pm
  • Thu 7:00am-12:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2009-present
Smith College, MSW, 1999



Client testimonials

"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