Individual, Couples, and Group Psychotherapy

As a therapist, I have a particular passion for supporting and empowering individuals who desire to better understand their relationship and dating patterns as well as those who have experienced shame, stigma, and issues related to sex and sexual health (i.e. a herpes diagnosis). I also care deeply about working with individuals who are wrestling with questions around faith and spirituality. In addition, I enjoy helping couples who are navigating conflicts or other challenges in the early stages or first 10 years of their relationship.

Psychotherapy is a vehicle that guides you through an exploration that makes room for new insights, personal growth, self-acceptance, maturity, and change. It creates a safe space to feel, understand, and heal from pain and disappointment while also offering a path to hope, meaning, and a more secure sense of self.


I work with clients using an eclectic approach incorporating aspects from various theories that I feel will help the unique client. I use a psychodynamic base because most people who work with me deeply desire to understand why they do the things they do or feel the way they feel. Psychodynamic theory is especially helpful for healing pain or dysfunction that has developed as a result of relationships. I also pull from solution-focused, feminist, and cognitive behavioral therapies because these approaches have an ability to increase a sense of empowerment in the present. My goal is to support clients in healing, defining and honoring their values, and finding solutions to move forward.

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. 

**Initial Phone Consultation**I know it can be hard to find a therapist who you feel is the right match. This is why I offer a brief phone consultation at no charge. This will help us get a sense for whether we're the right fit and if not, I may be able to offer you a referral to someone who will be better suited. Please call if you'd like to know more about working with me 917-689-6530


141 East 35th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Aves)

New York, NY 10016 


Improving Confidence and Self-esteem

Relationship and Dating Issues 

Faith-based and Spiritual Concerns

 and Anxiety

Implementing Career/Life Balance and Finding Career Fulfillment
Alcohol and other Substance Use Concerns
History of Sexual Assault and Childhood Sexual Abuse
Issues Related to Sex, Sexuality, and Sexual Health:
*Sexual Concerns within a Relationship
*Coping with a Herpes
*Out of Control Sexual Behavior in Heterosexual and Gay Men
*Coping with an HIV diagnosis
*Issues related to being LGBTQ


Individuals: $125 per 45 minute session

Couples: $150 per 50 minute session

2016 Therapy Groups:
  • Affirming Therapy Group for Gay Men of Christian Faith: Details here

Insurance: I am not in-network with any insurance. If you would like to pursue reimbursement for out-of-network benefits, I am happy to provide an appropriate receipt for services.

Call for a free 15-minute phone consultation. 917-689-6530 or


Melissa King, LMHC
Phone: 917-689-6530

Melissa King holds an M.S.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. John's University. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State and a National Certified Counselor. She previously spent over two years working in the private practice of Charles Mayer, Psy.D., receiving supervision in psychodynamic psychotherapy and couples counseling. She has also worked with the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene providing counseling services for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at New York City's public STD clinics. Melissa is also a certified holistic health coach, with over 12 years of experience working with women on weight loss, healthier eating, improving body image, dating and relationship concerns, and aligning goals with personal values. Melissa has provided wellness workshops at area universities, hospitals, and organizations such as Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Harlem Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York Law School, St. John's University, Latino Aids Commission, Broadway Dance Center, the NY State Department of Labor, and the New York Television Festival. Topics have included: "The Top Ten Changes to Your Food Choices for Better Health," "Nutrition, Emotions, and Weight Loss," and "Self-esteem and Body Image."

What To Expect: First Session

This short video is intended to help you know what to expect from the first counseling session with me. I hope it also helps you to get to know me a little bit.

Group for Women with Genital Herpes

Hello Ladies,

I know that being diagnosed with herpes can be surprising and difficult. You might find it hard to imagine life feeling normal again or another person accepting you with this. By now you might already know how common herpes is. The CDC reports that 1 in 6 people have herpes type 2. That's a lot of people, and that number doesn't even include the many people who have type 1 genital herpes. So, the number of people with genital herpes is higher than 1 in 6.

Despite how common it is, we don't talk about it much in our society (outside of comedy). This contributes to misinformation that keeps stigma alive for the many people who are dealing with a diagnosis.

But there is good news. Many women just like you are able to feel good about themselves again, find acceptance from others, and place herpes exactly where it should be---as just one small part of the many characteristics that make up you.

Check out my video below to find out more about the group.

The group discussions are intimate and held in a comfortable, private space. The women get to know each other and look forward to seeing one another each session. It's a positive atmosphere that is a great fit for women who want to grow and move forward.

When: Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month
What time: 5-6:30pm
Cost: $60 per session or $200 for 4 sessions There is no charge for your first visit. It's just an opportunity for you to see if you like it and if you connect with the other women.

What will we talk about?

The group is facilitated by me. I hold a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling and am a certified holistic health coach. I have over 10 years of experience leading women's groups and coaching women who are looking for support in achieving personal goals, improving self-esteem and body image, and increasing opportunities for more satisfying relationships (dating/family/friendships). In the group for women with herpes, we talk about many of the above topics that are familiar to most women, but we also discuss

  • The difference between HSV 1 and HSV 2
  • Accurate testing (many women are still not receiving the best tests, as a result, they are misinformed about their diagnosis) 
  • Managing symptoms 
  • Transmission and how to protect future partners 
  • How to tell a new partner 
  • Most importantly, you will get to hear the stories of other women who are like you.

The group is limited to 8 women and is held on the Upper West Side in Manhattan.

How Do I Find Out More?

Please email or call if you have an interest in the group or would simply like more information: or 917-689-6530. You will have an opportunity to meet and talk with me in person, as well, before making a final decision about joining the group.

Older related herpes posts:

Learning About the 'H' Word. No. Not Hemorrhoids. 

How I Came to Work with Women with Herpes

Melissa King, M.S.Ed. : Psychotherapist

Prior to offering psychotherapy, Melissa spent over 10 years working as a wellness coach for women focusing on health, weight loss, self-esteem, and achieving personal goals. In addition to working in the private practice of Charles Mayer, Psy.D., Melissa also spent 18-months with the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene at the NYC Department of Health, where she provided counseling to individuals with a range of concerns, including Interpersonal Relationship Issues, Insecurity in Social Situations, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Sexual Assault, Sex Addiction, Alcohol and other Substance Use Concerns, Sexual Health, Coping with a Herpes Diagnosis, HIV, and concerns related to Sexual Orientation. Melissa King holds an M.S.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. John's University. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State and a National Certified Counselor.

My Body... Finally.

I asked women in my life to be photographed by a professional fashion photographer without make-up, in just their underwear and a tank top, as they speak about their personal experiences with body image and media. The photos that appear in the video were not altered or touched up.

I'm so excited to share this piece with you! Click on the image to view the video.


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