Melissa Divaris Thompson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the founder and owner of Embracing Joy Marriage and Family Therapy PLLC in Midtown Manhattan. She specializes in working with adults and couples in their 20s and 30s. She particularly enjoys working with couples who are experiencing the communication challenges and uncertainties that arise during times of transition, such as moving in together, engagement, marriage, or becoming a parent. Melissa also provides individual sessions to women who are navigating relationship challenges or the transition to motherhood.
When working with couples, Melissa pays close attention to what is going on in the current moment and how each person responds to change. She strives to help the couple heal conflicts and grow together by creating an environment that is safe, impartial, and nonjudgemental. When working with individuals, Melissa focuses on strengthening the mind-body connection. With a background in yoga and Buddhist meditation, she helps her clients implement mindfulness techniques that they can use on a daily basis.
Melissa truly cares about each of her clients and wants them to achieve their fullest potential. She is excited to welcome new clients at her office, located near Grand Central and the 33rd Street subway station.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Mindfulness - Practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present
Perinatal mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Melissa Divaris Thompson is not in-network with any insurances.
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Sliding scale: A sliding scale is available to a limited number of clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
"Melissa exceptionally blends working experientially and tactically to support women and couples in making lasting changes."- Vanessa Tate, LMFT • December 2019
"Melissa is a warm, dedicated, and knowledgeable practitioner. She brings rare enthusiasm and humor to her work, but the engines of her skill are her deep compassion and insight. Her clients are in very good hands!"- Claire Colaço, LMFT • December 2019
Melissa made it an easy process, and I felt comfortable talking."