Melissa Lester,LCSW

Melissa Lester,LCSW

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Medicare
Fees: Therapy Session - 240.00 per 60 minutes

Paperwork Fees - 120.00 per 60 minutes

Coming Out Later in Life Group - 25.00-65.00

Please ask about my Equity Pricing Policy
Free Initial Phone Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328

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My Approach to Helping

Combining insight-oriented therapy with body-based, somatic and neurological treatment approaches results in real change. I invite you to read about my work at my website, and reach out if it feels we may be a good fit.

Women's Issues
Anxiety, Stress, and Overwhelm
Emotional Eating and Overeating
Chronic Illness and Chronic Pain
Trauma Resolution
Family of Origin
LGBTQ and Coming Out Later in Life
Life Cycle Transitions
Grief and Loss

Psychodynamic (Insight-Oriented Therapy)
Somatic and Body-based Modalities
Meditation and Mindfulness
EFT Tapping (Acupressure)
Progressive Counting
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Therapy is the opening of a door that leads you from where you are now to where you are choosing to go. Please feel free to email me with any questions you might have.

I look forward to connecting with you.

More Info About My Practice

10 am-7 pm

10 am-7 pm
In Office

In Network with Medicare Part B
Out of Network for all other insurance
Superbills provided for insurance claims

60 minute therapy session - 240.00
60 minute paperwork forms - 120.00
Women's Coming Out Later in Life Group - 25.00-50.00

Please reach out to me at to schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation. I look forward to connecting with you.

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

An authentic connection between client and therapist is the foundation for a safe, productive and healing therapy experience. I encourage you to do your research about different types of therapy and therapeutic approaches and to speak with several therapists before choosing who you will work with. It is important for you to feel a connection, or the potential for connection, with your chosen therapist. I encourage you to trust your instincts, and to choose a provider from a place of resonance. I strongly encourage you to also ask detailed questions about education, specialized training and clinical approaches and to pay attention to both what the provider says and how they make you feel. We don't always choose right the first time, so please also give yourself permission to take your time, change your mind, and trust what feels right at the bottom of your belly.

Your relationship with your therapist should offer you emotional safety, very clear boundaries, acceptance, nurture, growth, insight and ultimately, long term relief. Your therapist's focus should always be on you and how each interaction in therapy can facilitate your growth and your goals.

There are many unique characteristics of a healthy client-therapist relationship, and it is important that you feel connected to and cared for by your therapist in order to do your best work. It is important to feel your therapist's authentic care and concern for you.

A healthy and healing client-therapist relationship includes:

Authentic human connection
Feeling seen, heard, validated
Trust, safety, openness and good will
The therapist's skill, experience and expertise
Confidentiality within legal limits (See Informed Consent and HIPAA Notice for exceptions.)
Clear boundaries within a primary, non-dual relationship (See Informed Consent and HIPAA Notice for details.)
Collaboration, mutual respect and pursuit of the client's goals at all times

Because advocacy compromises the client-therapist relationship, I do not participate in:

Legal proceedings (divorce, custody, employment, disability, etc.)
Disability proceedings (private insurance, Social Security, claims issues, paperwork, etc.)
Arbitrations or mediations
Disclosure of psychotherapy notes or medical records
Depositions, statements of record, or other non-legal proceedings

I am committed to working with all my clients in a respectful, compassionate, kind, accepting, nonjudgmental and supportive manner. Please let me know if you have any questions at all.

The Duration and Frequency of Therapy

Many potential clients ask how often I recommend they be seen in therapy. And the simple answer is that we will meet at whatever interval works for you. Factors that affect everyone's decision include time, energy, money, safety, circumstances and the specific reasons for seeking therapy. I am happy to discuss all of these with you and help you determine what will work most effectively for you.

Attending productive therapy appointments once every 1-2 weeks allows for consistent progress and relief from distress. If your distress level is very high, or if you desire significant change at a faster pace, twice per week is also an option, as are longer sessions. In addition, there are always opportunities for motivated clients to do some of their own work in between sessions, facilitating the process until the next time we meet. Most of the ways we will work together in session are adaptable to being used on your own.

Frequency of appointments does not need to be determined up front and can be changed on an ongoing basis depending on your changing needs. At the end of each appointment I will ask you if you would like to reschedule or if you'd prefer to reach out when the time feels right. I have no expectations about the duration or frequency of your therapy appointments and we will always re-evaluate what feels right for you. Your therapy process should work for you and your unique circumstances and goals.

Services I Provide

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Adult women who may also be:

    Overwhelmed & stressed
    Experiencing relational conflict
    Trauma Survivors
    Emotional eaters binge eaters
    Coming out later in life or questioning their sexual orientation
    Ambivalent about major life transitions
    Grieving significant life losses
    Aging and processing changes in society, family, work, identity
    Grappling with chronic pain or chronic illness
    Eager to do deeper therapy work to create lasting life change

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • LGBTQ+
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Cancer
  • Career Issues
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Terminal Illness
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Body Psychotherapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
  • Culturally Sensitive Therapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Psychotherapy

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