D. Melisa Idelson, LCSW

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” (A. Nin)

I celebrate your efforts to take stock of your life, to take a deep breath, and to take the risk to reach out. Emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual pain, any dis-ease, gives all of us an opportunity for healing, learning, and growth. Often what feels like something overwhelming and upsetting is about to give you Clarity.
In my over 13 years in the helping professions, I have been privileged to work with people from a wide variety of ages, backgrounds, and challenges. I am experienced, knowledgeable, and creative. I use an eclectic approach and evidence-based strategies tailored to your specific needs. My work is informed by a variety of therapeutic techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, mindfulness/stress-reduction, exposure/response prevention, motivational interviewing and solution focus. I am compassionate while also challenging you to feel more empowered.
My areas of interest and expertise are in the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders, grief, loss, and life transition, anxiety, OCD, depression, stress management, chronic disease self-management and behavior change, relationship issues, repeating unhealthy patterns and choices.
We can work together to find solutions, develop coping tools and strategies to gain understanding and find relief. I encourage you to feel free to ask questions about therapy, about treatment goals, and the therapeutic process on-going. I am happy to partner with you in this work.
Fordham University Graduate School of Social Studies, MSW 2008