Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Psychotherapist
Diplomate American Psychotherapy Association

By speaking with my clients, not just focusing on their symptoms, we achieve insight and build trust towards psychological and emotional well being.

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About Dr. Richman Our Mission

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a general term that is used to describe the process of treating psychological disorders and mental distress. During this process, Dr. Melissa Richman, Psy.D, LCSW helps the client tackle a specific or general problem such as a particular mental illness or a source of life stress. Psychotherapy aims to help people experience life more deeply, enjoy more satisfying relationships, resolve painful conflicts and better integrate all the parts of their personalities.


What is Couples Therapy?

Couples therapy is about seemingly intractable problems with a relationship history, where emotions are the target and the agent of change. If your relationship is faltering or needing support, it makes sense to work with a therapist who specializes in couples therapy and really understands how to help couples in your situation. Dr. Melissa Richman is a relationship expert, with extensive specialized training in how to help couples in distress find their way back to friendship and back to a loving connection.


Each Client is Unique

With Dr. Richman's help, each client has a unique opportunity to view him/herself more accurately. The client can make connections between past and present that illuminate the way he or she relates to self and to others. Clients are encouraged to talk about thoughts and feelings that arise in therapy with Dr. Richman. Therapy is expensive, but it is a commitment to yourself. If the relationship to yourself isn't the most important, than how can you be the best you can be in all of your relationships?


Benefits and Risks of Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy has both benefits and risks. Risks sometimes include experiencing uncomfortable levels of feelings like sadness, guilt, anxiety, anger and frustration, loneliness and helplessness. Dr. Richman believes that therapists and patients are partners in the therapeutic process. Throughout the course of care she will provide feedback, interpretation, and recommendations in helping you reach your goals. If she feels you are not benefiting from treatment, she may elect to initiate discussion of treatment alternatives. You may discontinue therapy at any time.