Melissa Risso

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

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Melissa Risso

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


Location

Offers video and phone sessions

Risso Counseling, Inc.
San Mateo, California 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

  • School: Santa Clara University
  • Year Graduated: 2010
  • License and State: MFC80126 California

Additional Credentials

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

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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Exploring Polyamory

This mixed gender 6-week group is for any individual currently involved or wanting to explore open relationships or polyamory. Individuals will learn and discuss topics such as common misunderstandings and concerns that non-monogamous relationships present, discover how to create a contract with a primary, parenting considerations, potential jealousy concerns, expectation management, how to consent with new or existing partners, potential health concerns and more! To learn more about the group, please contact Melissa Risso, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, at (650) 295-0919 or RissoCounseling@gmail.com

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Location

Risso Counseling, Inc.
San Mateo, California 94401
(650) 262-5707
Offers video and phone sessions

Nearby Areas

This location is easily accessible from:

Website
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
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Spirituality
  • Sports Performance
  • Stress
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Issues
Mental Health
  • Elderly Persons Disorders
  • Thinking Disorders
Sexuality
  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Client Focus

Ethnicity: Hispanic and Latino and Other Racial or Ethnic Background
Age
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)
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
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
Modality
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group

Links

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Last Modified: 9 Apr 2020
Melissa Risso, MA, LMFT, CST, CSE, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Mateo

Melissa Risso

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