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
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
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
Blue Cross Blue Shield RI
Neighborhood Health Plan
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."
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Solution-focused therapySolution focused therapy is a goal-directed collaborative approach to psychotherapeutic change that is conducted through direct observation of clients' responses to a series of precisely constructed questions. (learn more)
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