Melissa  McNelly

Melissa McNelly

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC Licensed Psychological Associate, LPA
Texas Accepting Online
Austin Not Accepting In-person
Updated April 27, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Personality disorders
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Attachment issues
  • Medical professionals' mental health
  • Relationship issues

Professional statement

Melissa McNelly is a licensed professional counselor and psychological associate who practices in central Austin. She enjoys working with people who hope to learn more about themselves by developing awareness and insight in the process of becoming more mindful. Melissa strives to help her patients improve their relationships with spouses, children, family, friends and coworkers. Many of her patients have experienced trauma and Melissa offers a safe space for them to process these events and relationships. Since she practices with psychiatrists, many of Melissa’s patients take medication for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Others, however, do not need or choose to take medication, and their work can be equally beneficial.

Since Melissa was an undergraduate, she has studied how Attachment Theory can be utilized to study the relationships between children and their parents or caretakers. Post graduate school, Melissa has continued to focus on attachment relationships and how those early dynamics influence current relationships. Her approach is analytically based, though she often uses Cognitive Behavioral Techniques, to supplement the dynamic work.

Melissa views therapy as a process of connection between the patient and the therapist. She is an active listener and participant in the sessions and offers non-judgmental feedback. Patients enjoy her humor, honesty and creativity, and many describe her as warm and caring.

Melissa has been a partner in a private psychiatric group since 2004. She attends psychoanalytic conferences and trainings and confers often with her partners and other therapists. Currently, Melissa is conducting sessions via Zoom. Post-Covid, she plans to have a hybrid practice involving a combination of telehealth and in-person visits at her office in a large medical building.

Message to clients

Hello, and welcome to my practice! I am excited to meet you and look forward to developing a relationship with you! It takes courage to begin therapy and I am forever impressed with my patient’s desire to grow and change. Even though the work may be difficult, you will see your self-confidence and relationships improve. I love helping people use their creativity to heal themselves. Even people who have no idea they might be innovative typically find a spark that is original to them. We will discuss what you want to receive from your relationships and how to achieve those goals. Therapy is a process and a journey, but your efforts will empower you to grow in ways you never thought possible!


Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Personality disorders - Support reducing emotional suffering and addressing relationship challenges

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

Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.

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

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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Melissa McNelly is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $175 (50min)
  • Initial session: $175 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $200 (50min)

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
  • Check
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed


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 9:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am-3:00 pm
  • Fri No office hours
  • Sat No office hours
  • Sun No office hours

Austin practice
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 31 years

Austin Neuropsychiatric Clinic-self employed, Psychotherapist, 2004 - Present
Jack King, Ed.D. , Psychometrist/Psychotherapist, 2000 - 2004
Kevin McFarley, Ph.D, Psychometrist, 1996 - 2000
Stanford University-Children’s Health Council, Education Assessment and Team Coordinator, 1995 - 1996
University of Texas-Office of the Dean of Student’s, ADA Compliance for Student’s with Disabilities, 1992 - 1994
Austin Neurological Clinic, Psychometrist, 1990 - 1992

University of Norte Dame, Master of Arts in Psychology , 1990
University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Science in Child Development, minors in English and Early Childhood Education , 1988


Texas: 15243

Texas: 30913