Melissa Russiano, Therapist in California — Zencare
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Melissa Russiano

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
California, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Texas Accepting Online

“Be you. Be all in. Fall, rise, and try again.” – Brené Brown. Today is the day to learn how to fully unapologetically be you and live a life in which you thrive. Ready to take the leap?

Updated June 29, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Perfectionism
  • Stress management
  • Divorce & separation
  • Medical professionals' mental health

Professional statement

A therapist by degree and experience, but a coach at heart and practice. With her unique blend of candor and quirky sense of humor, Melissa's clients find themselves stepping out of perfectionistic prisons and into the life they have always dreamed of.

You may be able to relate to the struggle with perfectionism, burnout and stress, imposter syndrome, and overall exhaustion living in the merry-go-round of your life. You want to show up and just be perfectly imperfect. The fear of being truly known is overwhelming and keeps you stuck exactly where you do not want to be. You are living in their own shadow of perfectionism while fearing you will be found out as an imposter or fraud, all the while trying to avoid the looming burnout. Melissa's ideal client is aware intellectually of the pattern but feels emotionally stuck. An individual that is self-aware enough that despite the symptoms, behaviors, and challenges, they WANT to change to be able to find peace. They just do not know where to start.

We are all imposters in one way, but do not need to feel like a fraud to the point it is consuming. Melissa is passionate about partnering with clients exactly like you. Through a unique blend of grounded clinical skills, creative interventions and fun analogies, together you will find the strength, courage and passion for life that you have felt is lost.

Life is meant to be lived with fierce curiosity and a sense of adventure. Melissa's mission is to inspire fierce curiosity, discover the amazing individual you are at the core so that you can live your life being the perfectly imperfect being that you are.


Message to clients

It has been one interesting year - surreal is my word. I know you find yourself overwhelmed and burned out from all your responsibilities. The truth is, you know it’s important to practice good self-care. However, I know your drive to be perfect has taken center stage. You feel stressed and overwhelmed by having to take care of others which means you often forget to take care of yourself. Anxiety and Depression have become a daily pattern for you.

I see you as an authentically imperfect human, self-driven, and committed. Perhaps, you’re struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel and you don’t see yourself the way I do. That’s okay. I can help you.

My style is not textbook (even though they let me teach graduate students!) and I promise never to ask you "and how does that make you feel?". We will laugh together, tackle painful issues together and celebrate your wins together. Bottom line, I am committed to empowering you to achieve the goals that you set for yourself so that you thrive in your life instead of just survive. We are in this together and together we will get you where you want to be.


Specialties

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

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

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

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Divorce & separation - Questioning or feeling unsatisfied in your relationship; contemplation and navigation of separation; addressing issues of power, voice, and communication challenges

Medical professionals' mental health - Support navigating work-related expectations and stress; addressing issues of burnout, hierarchical pressures, and vicarious trauma




Clientele

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

Insurance

Melissa Russiano 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)
  • Initial session: $175 (60min)
  • Group sessions: $75 (90min)
  • Intensive Individual Session: $250 (90min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week

Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 4pm - 6pm PST
  • Tue 4pm - 6pm PST
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri 8am - 2pm PST
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 11am - 6pm PST

Online Sessions (Tennessee)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 7pm - 9pm CST
  • Tue 7pm - 9pm CST
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri 9am - 4pm CST
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 1pm - 8pm CST

Online Sessions (Pennsylvania)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8pm - 9pm EST
  • Tue 8pm - 9pm EST
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri 10am - 5pm EST
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 2pm - 8pm EST

Online Sessions (Texas)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 7pm - 9pm CST
  • Tue 7pm - 9pm CST
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri 9am - 4pm CST
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 1pm - 8pm CST

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 26 years

Melissa Ann Russiano, LCSW, LISW, CDWF, Outpatient Virtual Private Practice, 2009 - Present
Social Work @ Simmons University, Lead Professor, MSW Graduate Program, 2015 - Present

Florida State University, Master's of Science in Clinical Social Work, 1996
Azusa Pacific University, Bachelor's of Science in Social Work, 1994


Licensure

California: 99971

Tennessee: 6255

Pennsylvania: CW014975

Ohio: I.1440174

Texas: 105416


Languages

English