“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change” — CARL ROGERS

Hello, I Am

Melissa Adams

Originally from Pennsylvania and now residing in New York, I have become a transplant to this bustling city. Among my various tea preferences, Matcha holds a special place as my favorite. My family, which includes my husband and two sons, shares a common love for beach getaways and exploring the vibrant city of New York.

Education + Credentials

  • M.Ed. Community Counseling from Kent State University
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (NY) & License Professional Counselor (NJ/PA)
  • Clinical Supervisor

Melissa Adams (she/her)

let’s make sure we’re a good fit

Congratulations on taking the courageous first step of acknowledging the need for change in your life. In my approach to therapy, I focus on individualized, collaborative, HAES and person-centered care, offering a safe space for clients to express themselves without judgment. My aim is to help clients break free from unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviors that hinder their growth and well-being.

During the treatment process, I will work with you to identify achievable goals and leverage your character strengths to foster lasting change. With over 14 years of experience as a clinical mental health counselor, I bring a wealth of expertise to our sessions.

Embarking on this therapeutic journey will challenge you to grow and expand, but my clients often describe me as empathic, warm, and hands-on. Together, we will forge a new path towards healing, collaborating to find the best way forward for you to blossom.

I welcome diversity of all kinds, including race, ethnicity, body size, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, ability, and age.

My Specialities


Eating Disorders

Body Image Distress

Life Transitions

Individual Counseling

My  approach is collaborative, seeking to understand ourselves deeply and develop compassion for our thoughts and behaviors. This process leads to profound healing and will blossom our relationships with ourselves and loved ones.

Many of our coping beliefs from the past can limit us in adulthood, but gaining insight into them is the first step to adopting more adaptive responses. I offer a unique therapeutic experience, whether you aim to break recurring patterns or address destructive coping behaviors.

Together, we can work towards positive change and personal growth, allowing you to embrace the full recovery. My goal is to support and guide you throughout this journey.

Family Therapy

Through family therapy, I actively engage the client’s loved ones to foster a supportive network for their recovery journey. These sessions are instrumental in addressing underlying issues and promoting collaboration within the family unit. Sustained family involvement further reinforces the skills learned and enhances communication and support.

In our sessions, I draw upon evidence-based methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy, emotion-focused therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and family-based approaches to facilitate meaningful progress and positive outcomes. The combination of these therapeutic techniques ensures a comprehensive and effective treatment approach that supports the client and their family on the path to healing.

Parent Coaching

Parent Coaching is a valuable resource for redirecting eating disorders and other problematic behaviors in teens. We will create a supportive environment to help teenagers achieve treatment goals like weight restoration, overcoming food restrictions, developing healthy relationships with food and exercise, enhancing emotion regulation, building a positive self-concept, and improving relational functioning.

Given that parents play a crucial role in the healing process of this life-threatening illnesses and know their child best. I will collaborate with you and empower you intervene in the battle for teens recovery.

LMHC/LPC Supervision

I am eager to offer individual clinical supervision to  (LPMHC’s),  (LAC’s), and other mental health practitioners seeking to accrue clinical hours and enhance their professional practice. Creating a supportive and nurturing environment, I aim to guide and mentor supervisees through their professional development journey, providing valuable insights and knowledge to foster their growth as competent and compassionate mental health professionals. Whether you are at the beginning stages of your career or seeking to advance your expertise, I am here to support you in achieving your goals and furthering your proficiency in the field of mental health.


In my consulting role, I focus on delivering efficient and precise solutions to your urgent challenges. With a straightforward approach, I provide practical suggestions, valuable advice, and clear recommendations. My aim is to rapidly understand the root cause of the stressful situation, working collaboratively with you to address the immediate issue and equip you with the necessary skills to handle similar challenges in the future. Together, we will build your problem-solving abilities, empowering you to face future hurdles with confidence and proficiency. My goal is to ensure that you gain practical tools and strategies to enhance your professional journey.

Let's Chat About Therapy

Free 10-15 Minute Phone Consultation:

To ensure we are a good fit, I offer a complimentary phone consultation before our first appointment. If my practice is full or I'm not the right therapist for you, I'll gladly assist you in finding other providers in the area who may be a better match for your needs.

Initial Appointment (Initial Assessment):

During the first appointment, which typically lasts 60-75 minutes, we'll discuss what's happening in your life and what you want to work on. I'll ensure you feel comfortable and supported, as taking the step into therapy is both significant and courageous.

Follow-Up Appointments:

Follow-up sessions are usually scheduled for 45-minute blocks on a weekly basis. However, your treatment will be tailored to your unique requirements. The session length, frequency, and duration of treatment will be determined based on your specific needs and circumstances.


Safety and Comfort: Participate from home, feel at ease, open up in your environment. Curl up with a blanket, tea, or your pet. No need to change out of your PJs. Empower yourself in a comfortable setting for therapeutic work.


Convenience: Eliminate commuting, save time, and avoid hassles. Therapy from home means less stress and more ease in your busy life.


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Here's Some Things I Get Asked Often...

Can I use out of network benefits?

In some cases you may be eligible to use out-of-network insurance benefits. You will be responsible for paying for each session in full at time of appointment. If appropriate, I will provide a super bill each month that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Do you offer in person sessions?

I only provide virtual sessions at this time.

Do you take insurance?

Yes, I am in-network with UMR-Mt. Sinai