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Melissa Walker(She/Her/Hers)

(She/Her/Hers)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW-R
FloridaIowaNew YorkVermont
Relationship issues- Couples counseling- Depression- Life transitions- Loss, grief, and bereavement-Complex trauma-

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Professional statement

Melissa Walker is a psychotherapist practicing with individuals, couples, and groups. Many people working with Melissa struggle with depression or anxiety. They may have trouble finding or holding on to meaningful connections with others, uncertainties about their career or life path, creative blocks, difficulty navigating major life transitions, or they may have too much (or not enough!) conflict with others. Melissa is particularly skilled at working with those who have endured challenging dynamics in their family lives, and also has expertise in working with adults who were adopted in infancy or childhood.

Melissa is trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy. This means that she takes into account the whole person, including their current circumstances, strengths, and challenges, the forces that have shaped them, those aspects of themselves that they are consciously aware of, and those parts sitting just outside awareness. Melissa is passionate about helping people better understand the connections between their past experiences and patterns in their current lives and relationships. Melissa listens attentively, with respect and curiosity, helping people put words to inner experience. Through this process, insight and self-awareness grow, along with a wider array of possibilities for oneself.

Melissa received her MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work, and went on to obtain advanced post-graduate training in psychoanalysis at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center. She worked in community mental health centers where she gained extensive experience with complex and acute trauma, on inpatient psychiatric units focused on the treatment of eating disorders, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric conditions, and in a day treatment program for troubled adolescents. In addition to her work with her own clients, Melissa provides clinical consultation to early-career therapists individually and in groups, and is an instructor in a post-graduate certificate program for mental health clinicians.


Message to clients

It's been my experience that we often don't know what we think or feel until we hear ourselves saying it out loud. A good therapist can help you to say everything. Whatever it is you're struggling with, I encourage you to reach out. I'm happy to talk with you about how I might help.


Work and Education

Years of Experience: 17 years

Private Practice
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center
The Fifth Avenue Counseling Center
Jewish Board of Family & Children's Services

The Center for Group Studies, Modern Group Analysis, 2023
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, Psychoanalysis, 2023
Hunter College School of Social Work, MSW, 2007

Licensure

New York: 078046 - Florida: 000000 - Iowa: 110680 - Vermont: 089.0134473

Languages

English

Specialties

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

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

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, career changes, or becoming a parent; exploring the shifts in identity that accompany these transitions

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Complex trauma - Healing from long-term emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or neglect; coping with the impact of repeated boundary violations, rejections, or betrayals; recovery from deeply ingrained patterns of abandonment, neglect, or enmeshment in one's family of origin




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


Insurance

Melissa Walker 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:$300 (45min)
  • Sliding scale:$200 - $300
  • Couples sessions:$325 (60min)
  • Group sessions:$80 (90min)

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
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week

Therapy Groups

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Grief and Bereavement Group

This is a 12-week group for those coping with the loss of a loved one. Members will have an opportunity to share their experience and seek connection with others who are also experiencing grief.


Client testimonials

"Melissa was patient, professional, and thorough in dealing with a client that I referred to her for group. She has a lot of clinical knowledge and she is generous with her time."
- Zencare client October 2021

Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

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