Melissa Weisel, LCSW, PhD
Melissa grew up in New Jersey and has lived in New York City for the past 5 years. She loves the diversity of cultures and constant energy felt throughout the city. Melissa graduated from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University with her MSW degree and Ph.D. in Social Welfare. She began her career working with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings. Melissa counseled at-risk youth presenting with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideations, and academic underachievement. She performed assessments and provided in-home therapy sessions for individuals with children diagnosed with developmental delays. During this time, Melissa also worked at an online dating site where she provided college-aged students guidance, support, and counseling regarding dating and marital issues. Currently, she has spent the past year working with individuals and couples presenting with anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, and relationship issues. She is trained in the level 2 Gottman Couples Method and utilizes multiple approaches when working with clients individually. She is skilled in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and uses techniques from the mindfulness approach.
Melissa is an adjunct professor in various Social Work Master’s programs in New York City. She enjoys not only teaching Social Work research but also being a part of research grant teams and publishing results that help inform clinical practice.
Melissa is a strong believer in self-care and relaxation. She enjoys reading, running outside, skiing, and stopping to pet every dog that walks by. She grew up with golden retrievers and hopes to one day own a trained therapy dog of her own for pet assisted therapy. Melissa tries to foster a supportive environment and create a safe space for her clients to slow down from the fast-paced New York City lifestyle.