A confident, compassionate, non-judgmental leader here to encourage and inspire you to live your best life possible! 

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Certified AASECT Sex Therapist

Certified AASECT Sexuality Educator

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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 Dr. Melissa Risso, and I can help. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California Lic. No. 80126) 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 that is authentic, dedicated, and actively works to get you to your life goals. 

I am passionate about my family, friends, and setting aside time for self-exploration and care. I enjoy traveling, listening to music, watching documentaries and funny movies, reading a good book, and finding any excuse to get outdoors for a great hike or camping trip. I also know what it's like to feel exhausted and confused about what steps to take to get out of the "rat race" we often refer to as life. But luckily, I am here to tell you that it is possible to overcome any obstacles in your way! That together, we can rewrite the story you are living to something that you never imagined possible for yourself!

If you’re ready to take the next step toward a more fulfilling life, contact me today!

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