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Melissa Russiano

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Pennsylvania, Ohio Waitlist Online
California, Tennessee, Texas Accepting Online

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Updated August 24, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Perfectionism
  • Stress management
  • Divorce & separation
  • Medical professionals' mental health

Professional statement

Melissa Russiano is a firecracker who wakes up stuck and stagnant people through the vehicle of therapy. She provides a unique approach to her clients in multiple states on a virtual platform. Her passion is growth and healing through education, which includes training the future generation of social workers as a graduate school professor. She openly shares how she learned to be assertive over a diet coke, dreams of living on the beach, but resides in blizzard country, and considered applying to be on Survivor until she learned that she would have to give up caffeine. Melissa will challenge you to think differently, empower you to make changes, and encourage you to embrace the fact that life is not perfect, but if you are ready for it - it can be perfect for you. Melissa's treatment approach will be as unique as your needs and one that will be developed in a collaborative approach during your first evaluation session. Despite not being your traditional therapy experience, it truly will be an experience that can transform your life in a positive way.


Message to clients

It has been one interesting year - surreal is my word. I know you find yourself overwhelmed and burned out from all your responsibilities. The truth is, you know it’s important to practice good self-care. However, I know your drive to be perfect has taken center stage. You feel stressed and overwhelmed by having to take care of others which means you often forget to take care of yourself. Anxiety and Depression have become a daily pattern for you.

I see you as an authentically imperfect human, self-driven, and committed. Perhaps, you’re struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel and you don’t see yourself the way I do. That’s okay. I can help you.

My style is not textbook (even though they let me teach graduate students!) and I promise never to ask you "and how does that make you feel?". We will laugh together, tackle painful issues together and celebrate your wins together. Bottom line, I am committed to empowering you to achieve the goals that you set for yourself so that you thrive in your life instead of just survive. We are in this together and together we will get you where you want to be.


Specialties

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

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

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Divorce & separation - Questioning or feeling unsatisfied in your relationship; contemplation and navigation of separation; addressing issues of power, voice, and communication challenges

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




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Melissa Russiano 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: $165 (50min)
  • Initial session: $200 (60min)
  • Group sessions: $75 (90min)
  • Graduate Student Rate (Psych, MSW): $100 (50min)
  • Intensive Individual Session: $250 (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
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

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

Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Noon - 6pm
  • Tue 10am - 6pm
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Noon - 6pm
  • Fri 9am - 3pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 10a - 3pm

Online Sessions (Tennessee)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Noon - 6pm
  • Tue 10am - 6pm
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Noon - 6pm
  • Fri 9am - 4pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Noon - 5pm

Online Sessions (Pennsylvania)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Noon - 6pm
  • Tue 10am - 6pm
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Noon - 6pm
  • Fri 9am - 4pm
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun 1pm - 6pm

Online Sessions (Ohio)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Noon - 6pm
  • Tue 10am - 6pm
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Noon - 6pm
  • Fri 9am - 4pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 1pm - 6pm

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 Noon - 6pm
  • Tue 10am - 6pm
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Noon - 6pm
  • Fri 9am - 4pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Noon - 5pm

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 25 years

Melissa Ann Russiano, LCSW, LISW, CDWF, Outpatient Virtual Private Practice, 2009 - Present
Social Work @ Simmons University, Lead Professor, MSW Graduate Program, 2015 - Present

Florida State University, Master's of Science in Clinical Social Work, 1996
Azusa Pacific University, Bachelor's of Science in Social Work, 1994


Licensure

California: 99971

Tennessee: 6255

Pennsylvania: CW014975

Ohio: I.1440174

Texas: 105416


Languages

English