Melissa received her Ph.D. in Holistic Counseling from the University of Sedona in 2013. She brings a creative approach to healing the mind, body, and spirit by incorporating different holistic modalities into the therapeutic counseling process. Melissa also received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology in 1997 from Lesley University. She has been practicing as a licensed psychotherapist for over 20 years. Melissa is also a Certified Yoga Teacher and received her RYT training from Maha Yoga Center in Bridgewater, MA in 2017. She offers ongoing Hatha yoga classes at her practice as well as an 8 week Mindfulness Program. She has a group practice with 7 licensed clinicians working for her in the Raynham, MA office. Her holistic approach to healing started while she was practicing meditation at a Holistic Meditation Center in Burlington, VT. She also attended Thic Nhat Hanh’s retreat on Mindfulness Meditation in 1998 at the University of Vermont, on the full awareness of breath. Her practice in prayer and meditation led her to work for Catholic Charities in an outpatient clinic working with adults who suffered from an array of disorders, primarily post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and depression. Melissa has extensive experience working with children and adolescents, both home-based and outpatient. She utilizes the same holistic approach with more emphasis on their ability to use play therapy, art therapy, and gentle yoga techniques to enhance their internal and external expression of feelings. This process helps create overall peace of mind, understanding and balance to your life.
Melissa specializes in treating clients who have trauma and PTSD, child or adolescent issues, spirituality, relationship issues, marital issues, depression, anxiety or fears, ADHD, divorce, domestic abuse or violence, loss or grief, OCD, parenting and dissociative disorders.
About Melissa Samartano, PhD, LMHC, RYT
As a practicing licensed psychotherapist for 20 years and the founder of the Holistic Counseling Center in Raynham, Massachusetts—a thriving practice with seven licensed clinicians working under her—Melissa Samartano, PhD, LMHC, RYT has worked one-on-one with thousands of clients. She is consistently sought out as a speaker and travels internationally to speak at wellness symposiums on her holistic approach to counseling. In addition to offering private counseling, Melissa teaches weekly hatha yoga classes and an eight-week mindfulness courses at her center.
Having practiced as a licensed psychotherapist for over 20 years, Dr. Samartano specializes in treating adults, children, and adolescents who suffer from trauma and PTSD, spirituality challenges, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, ADHD, domestic abuse or violence, loss or grief, OCD, parenting challenges, or dissociative disorder. Melissa received her Ph.D. in metaphysics with a concentration in holistic counseling from the University of Sedona in 2013 and her master’s degree in clinical counseling psychology in 1997 from Lesley University. Also a registered and certified yoga teacher, Melissa did her yoga teacher training at Maha Yoga Center in Bridgewater, MA in 2017. She has studied mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh and meditation at the Holistic Meditation Center in Burlington, Vermont.
Melissa was inspired to pursue a career in holistic counseling after spending 10 days in the ICU with a perilously high heart rate of over 300 beats per minute while working in a stressful corporate job. She was in her 20s. When surgery and medication failed to stabilize her condition, Melissa began to study and to treat herself with acupuncture, yoga, meditation, prayer, and metaphysics. Her efforts worked, and now her mission in life is to teach these same healing techniques to as many people as possible.
- School: Ph.D from the University of Sedona specializing in Holistic Counseling,Year Graduated: 2013
- School: Master’s Degree from Lesley University, Clinical Counseling Psychology, Year Graduated: 1997
- License Number and State: 5539 Massachusetts
- Years in Practice: 20+Years
- Average Cost (per Session): $135 – $165
Strategies for Holistic Health and Healing
Holistic Health and Healing
- A psychotherapeutic approach aimed at assisting the individual to explore their inner life.
- Stress Reduction techniques such as mindfulness meditation, imagery, and guided visualizations.
- Stream of consciousness writing
- Breathing techniques
- Art and play therapy for children and adolescents.
- Parenting consultation and family therapy.
Effects on Physical and Mental Health
- Simple breathing techniques can be relaxing, lower blood pressure, calms emotions, and clears thoughts.
- Reduction in mental and emotional stress including worry, anxiety, compulsive and impulsive behavior, racing thoughts, confusion, and many forms of acting out behaviors.
- Increase in creativity and self-expression.
- Reduction in muscular tension, indigestion, and headaches caused by stress and insomnia.
- Increase in self-awareness, peace of mind, and a balanced life.
The Real Voyage of Discovery Consists Not in Seeking New Landscape, But in Seeing With New Eyes –Marcel Proust
“I highly recommend Melissa Samartano’s “Meditation Using the Seven Chakras and Dolphin Healing Energy”. When I have attempted meditation in the past, I did not see the results for which I was looking. Melissa’s CD leaves me feeling at ease and, unlike other meditations, with a newfound energy. A calm energy that helps me to focus on myself and how I am feeling. I am able to visualize my meditation with the aid of her soothing voice and the dolphin sounds. If I enter into the meditation with anxiety or hesitation, once the CD begins, I am easily transitioned into my meditation. On days I feel out of control or anxious, the meditation leaves me feeling powerful and in control. What is even better is that it only takes 12 minutes out of my day, but gives me hours of peace. I believe everyone could benefit by taking 12 minutes out of their day to focus on themselves. Melissa has helped me to do that.”C.A.
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“Melissa’s CD was a godsend for us. Both my kids share a room and find it hard to settle down at night. One, in particular, has a lot of anxiety. In desperation, I put the CD on one night and they both loved it. Melissa’s voice is so soothing, and the visualization techniques are easy enough for kids to follow. They both loved the healing dolphins. I definitely recommend this for anyone who struggles to get their kids to bed at night!”R.B.
Dr. Melissa Samartano offers TELEMEDICINE HIPPA COMPLIANT video TELETHERAPY sessions.
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Initial 60 Minute Session
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Please contact Dr. Samartano at 401-263-1599 to discuss her fees and insurance coverage.
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Melissa has created a meditation CD to help balance and clear your Seven Chakras using Dolphin Healing Energy and their beautiful sound frequencies.
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If you wish to have the CD mailed to you – $12.50