Melissa Risso

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CST, CSE

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Melissa Risso

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CST, CSE


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Risso Counseling, Inc.
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 262-5707

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Announcement icon Due to Coronavirus concerns and building shut down requirements, all sessions are currently being held through Zoom or by phone.
Are you tired of talking endlessly about the problems in your relationships and are ready to find solutions? Are you frustrated with all the general relationship advice out there and just really want a professional therapist to understand your unique situation and guide you through it? I’m Melissa Risso, and I can help. I am a Licensed MFT, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator with a passion for helping individuals and couples live better lives. ​ My education, professional experience, and life experience have taught me how to listen to people without judgment.
I’m not afraid of challenging and complicated relationship problems, especially when it comes to exploring sexuality and intimacy. In fact, I work with some of the tough problems even other therapists don’t want to work with (sexual problems, histories of trauma, alternative sexualities)! I’m not afraid to talk about sex-- all strictly professional!
While I don’t have all the answers to every problem you might face—I’m not super-human—I will take the time to understand you, and we will work together to create a plan for success just for you. I got into this line of work because I believe everyone has a story to tell that deserves to be heard— that we all face challenges that need the support of someone.

Finances

  • Cost per Session: $180 - $200
Pay By: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Visa
Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Qualifications

  • Prelicense: California / MFC80126
  • School: Santa Clara University
  • Year Graduated: 2010

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) / Ph.D. in Human Sexuality
  • Certificate: UCLA / Bachelors
  • Certificate Date: 2007

Melissa Risso's Groups

Women's Sexual Health Group

This group is for women of all ages and sexualities who would like to explore sex and/or sexual concerns. Topics include communication around sexuality, anxiety related to intimacy, self-pleasure, mindfulness with sexuality, and more! This 6 week long group will provide a safe, confidential space to explore and gain support around these topics. Group meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7 PM to 9 PM. For more information, please contact Melissa Risso, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, at (650) 295-0919 or RissoCounseling@gmail.com

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Enhancing Your Sexual Relationship

This online group is for couples with low/no sexual desire or frequency, and/or desire discrepancy (in which one partner is more interested in sex than the other) who are interested in enhancing their sexual relationship and ready to embark on a journey to enhance their sexual experiences and relationships. Beginning Tuesday, February 9, 2021, to Tuesday, March 30, 2021; group meetings held Tuesdays from 5-7 PM PST via HIPPA compliant Zoom. Must be a California resident to participate. The initial assessment will help you to determine whether these groups are right for you.

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Location

Risso Counseling, Inc.
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 262-5707
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Specialties
  • Sex Therapy
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sexual Abuse
Issues
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Career Counseling
  • Concerns on intimacy in relationships
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity
  • Life Coaching
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Men's Issues
  • Nonmonogamy practice
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Issues
Mental Health
  • Elderly Persons Disorders
  • Thinking Disorders
Sexuality
  • Bisexual
  • Lesbian
  • Gay

Client Focus

Ethnicity: Hispanic and Latino and Other Racial or Ethnic Background
Age
  • Elders (65+)
  • Adults
Communities
  • Bisexual Allied
  • Body Positivity
  • Cancer
  • Gay Allied
  • HIV / AIDS Allied
  • Intersex Allied
  • Lesbian Allied
  • Non-Binary Allied
  • Open Relationships Non-Monogamy
  • Queer Allied
  • Sex Worker Allied
  • Sex-Positive, Kink Allied
  • Transgender Allied
  • Veterans

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy
  • Attachment-based
  • Existential
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Feminist
  • Gottman Method
  • Humanistic
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative
  • Positive Psychology
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • Somatic
  • Trauma Focused
Modality
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group

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Last Modified: 19 Nov 2020
Melissa Risso, MA, LMFT, CST, CSE, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Mateo

Melissa Risso

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CST, CSE