Melissa Risso, M.A., LMFT

Melissa Risso, M.A., LMFT

Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 22546
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Office 1
120 N El Camino Real
San Mateo, California 94401
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Billing and Insurance

I am an in-network provider for:

  • Cigna
  • Out of Network

Fees: $120 for the 50 minute individual fee; $150 for the 50 minute couples fee. Sliding scale is offered.

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I can say with absolute certainty that you are not alone in your difficulties, and you certainly don't have to face the world alone. My clients patiently and persistently work to create more confidence, higher self-esteem, stronger relationships, better health, and more emotional balance.

I know we all need someone to talk to who will listen and accept us without judgment. I offer my clients a safe and judgment-free place where they can explore the challenges that prevent them from living the lives of their dreams.

My areas of expertise include couples counseling and sex therapy. I have undergone training in Gottman Therapy, in addition to receiving extensive acclaim for my work in the field of sexual health. I was voted as the AASECT leader for the San Francisco Bay Areas. We'll work together to set clear goals, focus on your strengths, draw upon your resources, reflect upon your difficulties, and be curious about how your difficulties affect you. I tailor my approach to fit your needs, never applying a one size fits all approach.

Email or Call Melissa Risso, M.A., LMFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 22546

More Info About My Practice

Melissa provides individual and couples counseling in her private practice located in San Mateo, CA. She has a focus in sex therapy, and takes an eclectic view when working with her clients.

Her extensive training and passion in the field of sexual health has led her to be voted as the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) San Francisco Bay Area leader where she continues to educate many on the field of sexual health today!

She has led speaking series focused on both mental and sexual health throughout the SF Bay Area, and is the creator & host of "Let's Do It With Melissa Risso", an online podcast & Stanford radio show focusing on topics in mental & sexual health!

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Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Other

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Couples looking to work on communication skills, LGBTQ, polyamorous couples, people involved in the kink community, people looking for sex therapy, Christians/Catholic backgrounds.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Batterer Intervention
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Art Therapy
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Family Constellations
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Journal Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Music Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Object Relations
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Sand Tray / Sand Play Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Sport / Fitness Psychology
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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