Melissa Russiano

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW, LISW, CDWF
 therapist: Melissa Russiano,
In-Person in Mission Viejo, CA
In-Person in Franklin, TN
Online in California, Tennessee
WHY work with me virtually…. Because I drink water from wine glasses since it makes being healthy way more fun. For the life of me I cannot eat with chopsticks even though my nephew mocks me for it every time he sees me. Because I laugh at all of my quirks, am far from perfect and am willing to partner with you to be able to achieve any goal you establish for yourself. Because at the end of the day I am committed to helping you work through feelings of burnout, imposter syndrome, compassion fatigue and overall fear so that you can live a life in which you thrive in. A life that allows you to life your purpose.

Client Focus

Session Format: Group, Individual sessions.
Age Specialty: Adult

Treatment Approach

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Person-Centered
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Education & Credentials

Melissa Russiano LCSW, LISW, CDWF
  • Female
  • License # 99971; 6255
  • Licensed in California; Tennessee
  • Practicing Since 1996
Education: Azusa Pacific University, BSW Florida State University, MSW Certified Daring Way Facilitator based on the research of Brene Brown, PhD


  • Average Session Fee $165
  • Out of Network
  • A detailed Superbill will be provided as a receipt for you to provide to your insurance company for potential out of network reimbursement.

Melissa Russiano Practice Details

Therapy Sessions
  • Available In-Person in Mission Viejo, CA and Franklin, TN
  • Available Online for residents of California, Tennessee
  • Online Therapy Details: Online Therapy before, during and after COVID-19 via a HIPAA compliant video platform. Therapy from your couch - not mine!
Melissa Russiano Practice Description
What is Keeping You From Feeling Better and Living The Life You Want? I was asked the other day WHY busy professionals tend to be hesitant to seek out therapy. The barriers are as unique as the individuals themselves. One of the main barriers present is time. If you had time to fit in another appointment, you would not fall into this category, correct? Online therapy takes care of that barrier for you. With non-traditional hours, therapy fits into your world instead of you fitting into mine. No, I do not offer therapy sessions at 11 pm EST or Friday evenings at 8 pm EST – I do have boundaries myself! But, if you are ready to make some changes and get to work I know we can find a mutually convenient time to connect - no matter what time zone we are both in. The second barrier I have heard is privacy. There are many individuals that have questioned how real confidentiality truly is – especially when there is a waiting room involved. First and foremost, confidentiality is something that I take very seriously. Secondly, online therapy allows for complete privacy! We can connect in a way that does not require travel, offices, waiting rooms and there are no chance of running into a peer in the waiting room. There are barriers in every area of our life to get where we want to go. You did not get where you are today without working through some barriers already. Therapy is just another barrier to work through for you to start. Once you get there – you won’t regret it! The last barrier that is commonly discussed is understanding. “I don’t have the time Melissa for me – you do not understand my schedule“. You are correct, I may not completely understand your schedule. But I want to understand what is keeping you from accomplishing your goals. That includes working within your crazy schedule! Let's figure it out together. No matter how creative we have to be to find the time in your schedule! Want to learn more? Let's schedule a complimentary consultation call so that we have a discussion about where you are at and where you want to be. If we are a good fit - then we will get creative to discover how to get you there!

Practice Overview

Available both in-person and online
28 Years Experience
Group, Individual

Office Hours

12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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