Melissa DaSilva, LICSW

Melissa DaSilva

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients; however, other clinicians at East Coast Mental Wellness are accepting


East Coast Mental Wellness
1 Richmond Square, #333
Providence RI 02906

Melissa also offers remote video sessions.



Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)

Specialties & expertise

  • LGBTQ and gender identity issues

  • Transgender topics

  • Academic issues

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Life transitions

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Couples counseling

  • Personality disorders

Professional statement

Melissa DaSilva is a clinical social worker and founder of the group practice East Coast Mental Wellness in Providence, RI. She serves as an individual and couples therapist, as well as a group facilitator, and offers hypnosis services for individuals who want to make changes at the subconscious level so that they can live a happy and authentic life.

Melissa is an expert in the field of transgender topics, and works with many trans and nonbinary youth to provide support throughout their transition. She collaborates with outside providers to ensure comprehensive care for those who wish to pursue physical transition. Melissa enjoys working with clients on LGBTQ topics, academic issues, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders. She also has experience supporting clients with anxiety, depression, and life transitions. Her practice is welcoming towards all genders and sexualities, as well as poly and kink couples.

In her approach, Melissa combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and solution focused therapy. She primarily works with teenagers, young adults, and adults in individual, couples, and groups. 


LGBTQ and gender identity issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Transgender topics – Provides therapeutic support before, during, and after transition
Academic issues – Balancing schoolwork and personal life, communicating with professors and administrators
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders

General expertise

Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Life transitions –  Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care


  • Beacon Health

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield RI

  • Neighborhood Health Plan

  • Tufts

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $135/session

Message to clients

"I love working with clients who want change in their life. I use a solution-focused method so that therapy can be brief and effective for my clients. My specialties include working with members of the LGBTQ community, couples (poly and kink friendly), and clients experiencing divorce. I am the kind of therapist you can feel comfortable sharing you hopes, dreams and fears with. I love the work I get to do every day with my clients."

Education and work experience

East Coast Mental Wellness Group Practice, Founder, Individual and Couples Psychotherapist, Group Facilitator, 2015 - Present
TAPA Charter School, School Social Worker, 2011 - Present
United Cerebral Palsy, Clinician, 2008 - 2011

Rhode Island College, Master's, Social Work, 2007
Rhode Island College, Bachelor's, Social Work, 2006



Professional endorsements

Why would you recommend this therapist? What makes them especially qualified? Melissa Dasilva has made an imprint on her local community. She has advocated for the LGBTQ community and continues to develop groups to bring the community together. Melissa has strong clinical skills and is an asset to the therapeutic community.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? LGBTQ, Anxiety, Depression and life transitions
— Krystal Vasconcelos, LICSW (2017)
Why would you recommend this therapist? What makes them especially qualified? Ms. DaSilva is a warm and compassionate therapist who is dedicated to helping her clients achieve their therapeutic goals.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, LGBTQ, relationships, family
— Emily Raymond Griffin, LICSW (2017)