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Maria Mellano(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Wellness-Self-esteem-Eating disorders-Mood-Relationships-Trauma-

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Professional statement

Maria Mellano is an experiential psychotherapist, psychodramatist, and transformation coach. She specializes in helping highly sensitive and inspired individuals navigate their insights to unlock personal power and cultivate purposeful lives.

Her practice emphasizes the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit, fostering holistic health and vitality. Maria guides her clients on a journey from chronic stress to a life enriched with love and purpose, encouraging them to release stress-inducing burdens along the way.

In Maria's approach, she celebrates unity and encourages the transformation of relationships, believing that our lives reflect the quality of our connections. She invites others to join her in crafting a new narrative filled with vitality, purpose, and authentic connection.

Maria Mellano has provided support to individuals, couples, and families facing a diverse array of challenges, including trauma, medical illnesses, mental health issues, and addictions across all levels of care. In addition to her clinical work, she is a certified Money, Marketing, and Soul Coach, offering enriching opportunities for ambitious post-graduate social workers.

Maria's therapeutic style is characterized by warmth and approachability, combined with a practical and grounded approach. She strives to strike a balance between honoring emotions and facilitating problem-solving, guiding clients through processes while also encouraging pragmatic action.

Her overarching goal is to raise awareness of the importance of honoring one's deepest needs and living a fulfilling life of impact.

Message to clients

Starting therapy is brave. If you are struggling to make sense of insights you're receiving, and not sure what to do them or where to go next, I invite you to reach out. My style is involved, warm and down to earth, while maintaining a balance between honoring feeling/s and process with pragmatic action or problem solving. My intent is to bring awareness to honoring your deepest needs, to living a fulfilling life of impact.

Inspired by psychodrama's structure, I believe in establishing a clear agreement at the beginning to guide our therapeutic journey. This contract sets the tone for collaboration and allows for flexibility to pivot focus based on new insights and breakthroughs, ensuring a client-driven approach.

Work and Education

Private Practice

Smith College, MSW, 1999


Massachusetts: 111055




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

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)

Locations & Hours


  • 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:$225 (55min)
  • Initial session:$225 (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

Therapy Groups

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Mastermind group for all therapists

This exclusive mentoring community is designed to empower therapists to flourish as both successful business owners and fulfilled individuals, aligning heart and soul with professional ambition.

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