Melissa C. Mello
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Melissa C. Mello


Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Rhode Island Accepting Online
College Hill Accepting In-person
Updated April 26, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Perfectionism
  • Women's issues

Professional statement

It has long been in Melissa’s nature to understand our shared human experience through an empathetic lens. As there is often overlap between professional interests and lived experience, she first began her early therapeutic work with students in the developmentally familiar stages of adolescence and young adulthood. Now, with broadened life experiences and over 15 years in the counseling field, Melissa specializes in college and graduate student mental health, women’s issues across the lifespan, and adults living with anxiety and depression.

As a licensed mental health counselor, Melissa is trained in evidence-based therapy models. Her preferred orientation is grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Melissa finds the clinical research and anecdotal evidence gathered in practice that backs this approach to be compelling; CBT can lead to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life with anxiety, depression, and relationship stressors. Complementing the CBT model, Melissa naturally infuses mindfulness practices into the sessions. In doing so, she works closely with her clients in both treating the presenting concerns in the here and now, and providing skills and opportunities to fortify the emotional immune system moving forward. Melissa believes that effective therapy should not only alleviate the presenting pervasive negative symptoms, but propel functioning beyond a merely tolerable baseline towards happiness and fulfillment.

Melissa is available for in-person and tele-health sessions. She offers individual therapy in an unfussy, compassionate, and effective style to provide top therapeutic care through the less comfortable and more distressing times we may face.

Message to clients

Sifting through profiles trying to somehow find a therapeutically compatible match can be a tall order. So first, credit to you for prioritizing care for yourself and landing here! In hopes of conveying an insightful snapshot, here is a window into my style to help in your filtering of potential fits.

Empathizing with feeling like it takes a lot to reach out when already self-managing complex emotions and stressors, upon contacting me, you will be greeted warmly with non-judgmental kindness and collaboration to start to ease the load. Valuing your time and energy, I utilize a highly organized, user-friendly, and punctual system for all paperwork and appointments. To fully welcome you to the practice, I provide a small therapeutically fitting care package during the first session. Beyond the logistics, and into the actual therapy, the research is clear that the most powerful predictor of a positive outcome in therapy is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and client. To honor this, I place my full professional attention into offering a highly tailored approach for each person and am mindful of maintaining a practice that is conducive to this model of care. Above all, I value the promotion of emotional health and the role we each have in being there for others as part of our universal humanity; so whether with a provider or another effective approach, please always know you are not alone and that you deserve to feel better. Hope and treatment exist.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman


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


Melissa Mello is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (50min)

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
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • As needed
Therapist's note


Online Sessions (Rhode Island)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00 - 3:00
  • Tue 9:00 - 3:00
  • Wed 9:00 - 3:00
  • Thu 9:00 - 3:00
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

College Hill practice
295 Governor St., Providence, Rhode Island 02906
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue 9:00 - 3:00
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 17 years

Boston College, MA Counseling Psychology, 2006
Colgate University, BA Philosophy, 2002


Rhode Island: MHC01426