"I have been working with Maria for four and half years, and there really are no words to describe how valuable our work has been together and how meaningful she is to me. I came to her in a time of great desperation, and ever since then, she has been there for me day in and day out to help get me to a place in my life where I never thought I could be. She challenges me in a safe and supportive way, which has allowed me to grow and get in touch with parts of myself that I never realized were there. She has literally saved my life at times, and for that, I will be forever grateful. It is so apparent how much she truly cares about her work and her clients, and anyone who has the chance to work with her should consider themselves extremely lucky. Maria is the most authentic, caring and compassionate soul I've worked with, and I would not be the person I am today without her and the profound work we've done together over the years."
KLK, January, 2015
"Going to therapy for most people can be a daunting experience. The fear factor is always present, but the desire to be well and to thrive can overcome many fears. When the relationship between the therapist and the clients fits, it then moves along quite well. Maria has a great ability to listen, and to offer understanding and acceptance. Her other gifts include, her knowledge of centering thoughts and feelings, being open to move with the persons she sees in their self discovery, a personal desire to journey with you through painful and rough times, and a joy when her clients come to life again. She has a keen love of her practice and her commitment to each person she sees. In many ways, her sensitivity becomes her strength which then strengthens you. This is very unique, and not always found in others professionals."
ETC, January, 2015
"After years of depression, anxiety, fear and confusion, my path to well-being finally came clear when I started working with Maria. I have seen many mental health professionals to help me manage my chronic issues, but Maria is the first and only person who helped guide me to make peace with myself, and that is a gift I don’t know how to repay. Her limitless compassion and sensitivity, coupled with her unending knowledge of her field, fosters a bond of trust and safety that makes it ok to feel vulnerable in her presence. Because I trust her so much, I was willing to try therapy techniques that were new and “suspect” to me – drama therapy, parts work, and guided meditation. I was amazed at how these methods helped me access deeply hidden feelings, which I was then able to work with and heal. With Maria’s encouragement and support, I have been able to take my well-being into my own hands with confidence and self-respect. I recommend her to everyone, and am forever grateful for her help.”
PD, February 2015
"Working with Maria has truly been one of the biggest contributions to my life. The combination of her holistic approach, the safe environment, her warm and caring personality and positive energy make Maria such a special and unique individual. I am honored and lucky to have her support in my recovery process and trust her guidance and insight wholeheartedly. Maria provides the perfect balance of knowing when to listen, provide feedback, encourage action steps or simply be a calming presence. I have experienced progress in many areas of my life that I never imagined were possible as a direct result of our work together. Maria has been given a gift to help and heal and I am so grateful for her and all the ways she has impacted my life."
JS, February 2015
"I spent a good part of my life going in and out of hospitals and day programs. It was in one of these day programs that I met Maria Mellano. As my Case Worker Maria instilled in me the will to face my challenges. A few years later I again had the opportunity to work with Maria, this time as my therapist. Through the course of our work together, with focus on healing from trauma, I have become a more grounded and confident person. By using the skills attained, such as bodywork, energy healing, anger management and meditation, just to name a few, I am able to face my days with the purpose of a better life. Many times I had fallen back into depression but Maria never gave up on me. Because of our work together, I am here today surviving and living my life with new hope.
DM, April 2015