Mellissa DePaola


Mellissa DePaola


Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - 6555
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $100.00 initial assessment 50-60 min
$90.00 regular session fee 45-50 min
Free Initial Consultation


1604 Westgate Circle
Suite 240
Brentwood, TN, Tennessee 37027

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My Approach to Helping

I believe that everyone has inherit worth and purpose in this life despite the burdens or wounds that we have encountered along the way. My approach is always to ultimately provide you with a collaborative, safe, and compassionate therapeutic relationship. I find it a miracle to assist and walk alongside people who work towards understanding and healing. Rumi said “The wound is the place where the light enters you.” By shedding light into and mending your pain or struggle, I can help you transform it into a source of resiliency and positive purpose.

More Info About My Practice

I have experience with a variety of issues. Areas of clinical focus are family of origin issues, trauma, past abuse, women’s issues (including parenting and postpartum Depression), adolescent issues, Depression, Anxiety, perfectionism, shame, grief and loss, and divorce and betrayal trauma.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

In my past, I too have used therapy as a way to heal and improve my life. I undstand the hesitancy to engage in a process that is unknown to you. There are many misconceptions about what therapy is like or how long it has to be. Most of the answers to these questions depend on your specific needs and concerns. It is important to me that you have a strong voice in the course of your theraputic journey. If you have questions, feel free to contact me for a brief free consultation.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

I often hear from others that they could never do therapy because seeking help outside of themselves somehow conveys a message of weakness or incapability. This could not be farther from the truth! Reaching out to receive learning and support shows strength and humility. We cannot always have ALL the answers! I also believe we are put on this earth to have relationships and connections, many of which, are to serve the purpose in helping and lifting others.

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Adolescents 14+

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Self-Esteem
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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