Meet Our Therapists
Melissa Donovan, LCSW
Everyone’s journey to therapy is unique. You may feel overwhelmed by the world around you. People in your life may have expressed concern over patterns in your behavior. Or, perhaps you’re bottling up feelings of anxiousness, depression, anger, loneliness, numbness, or dissatisfaction. These are all valid reasons to seek out therapy, and that is where I can help.
In our work together, I’ll provide you with a space that is safe, supportive, and understanding. We’ll determine your goals, then unpack the dynamics that feed into your current challenges. I’ll help you process difficult feelings, identify negative thoughts, and provide you with the toolkit you need to sustain your goals independently. We’ll track and assess progress to learn what works and what doesn’t.
My approach is direct, compassionate, individualized, and authentic. We’ll utilize strategies derived from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interview (MI), and Modern Attachment Theory (among others) while identifying your strengths to aid you in overcoming your obstacles and realizing your full potential.
I look forward to meeting with you!
Training and Education
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York. I earned a Master of Social Work at Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work. My theoretical orientation is eclectic and person-centered, with specialties in CBT, DBT, MI, Structural Family Therapy and Modern Attachment theory.
I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults. I have worked in various New York City based organizations, in the child welfare system, school system and dual diagnosis facilities. I have received training in Minuchin Structural Family Therapy, behavioral disorders and selective mutism at the Child Mind Institute and at the dual diagnosis treatment at the TRI Center.