Melissa  Samuel
Zencare Vetted

Melissa Samuel

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
New York Accepting Online
Updated November 16, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Mindfulness
  • Couples counseling
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Melissa Samuel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Midtown, Manhattan who specializes in treating anxiety, depression, relationships, work stress, life transitions, family planning, support for chronic illness as well as grief and bereavement.  She works with a wide range of clients ranging in age from 18-65.

Melissa particularly enjoys working with couples utilizing an attachment-focused, relational approach (AEDP) Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy as well as EFT (Emotional Focused Therapy). Some of the common challenges she works on with couples are difficulty with communication, changes in intimacy, navigating life as empty-nesters, increased anger, betrayal of some sort, and preparing for marriage or working though divorce.

Melissa’s work with individuals includes Psychodynamic Therapy as well as providing Mindfulness techniques and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) skills to help her clients develop helpful tools and strategies.

Melissa’s style is warm and collaborative. Before moving to private practice, Melissa worked in a wide range of settings, including inpatient and outpatient mental health centers, hospitals (psychiatric and medical), schools and family court.  She looks forward to meeting you at her office, conveniently located near Grand Central.

Message to clients

I enjoy working with people of all ages and invite you to reach out to me to learn more about how I may be a help to you reaching your goals. My style is warm and collaborative, and I am excited about the possibility of getting to know you and help you on your journey of self-growth.


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

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

ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure

Mindfulness - Teaching and supporting clients using methods of Mindfulness stress reduction

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Cigna
  • Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna)
  • FIT Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $225 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $150 - $225
  • Initial session: $225 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $250 (45min)

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
  • Credit 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

If you are interested in confirming your insurance benefits, I can put you in touch with my billing specialist who can assist you with this.


Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • Wed 12pm-8pm
  • Thu 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Please inquire for hours
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 21 years

Private Practice, 2014 - Present
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Unit at a major NYC hospital, Clinical Social Worker
Inpatient and Outpatient Units and Centers
Brooklyn Family Court, Social Worker

New York University, MSW, 2002


New York: R0773331



Client testimonials

"Melissa was amazing and listened to me empathetically."
- Zencare client • December 2020