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"Perfectionism is a self destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgment, and blame."
- Dr. Brené Brown


Hello!  My name is Melissa Russiano and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Professor with over twenty years of experience in the field. As a big believer in resiliency and being truly authentic, my career has been focused on working with women to achieve personal empowerment, a solid self identity grounded in truth, and achieving the goals they have identified in order to be able to thrive.  Due to technology, I am excited to be able to expand my clinical practice to any client within the three states that I am licensed in via a HIPPA compliant virtual platform.   In addition, my coaching practice has expanded internationally, as well as into Canada, Germany and France, which has been amazing to reach beyond the boundaries of Erie, Pennsylvania.

My Master’s degree is from Florida State University (GO NOLES!!) and I am licensed in the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Tennessee for clinical therapy, as well as clinical supervision hours for the ASWB social work exam.

My passion & committment is to help individuals identify, address and resolve barriers that prevent them from achieving the life they are seeking.   Through creative teaching and clinical work that draws from many years of experience, my desire is to partner with individuals in a unique manner to allow them to be able to thrive instead of simply exist. To have a life filled with balance and success. Career and family – no matter how you define family. After a successful career in administration, as well as direct clinical practice, I am excited to be able to now coach, teach, speak and mentor other people how to achieve the same success.   I am passionate about life, its possibilities and am grounded in my life through providing empowering services that help women, as well as future clinicians achieve their goals.

My work with The Daring Way™ has allowed my career to focus on being authentic through working through being vulnerable, addressing shame points (Imposter Syndrome sound familiar?) to be able to live the life you have dreamed of.   Burnout is a real thing and one that impacts anyone despite the letters that may be behind your name.   Our work together will be a space to simply be you – the authentic you – to finally be real with what you are struggling with at the core.   We all get to that place that we do not want to admit to – the real test is what we do when we get there.

Melissa Ann Russiano, LCSW, LISW



melissa@melissarussiano.com
(814) 812-7049

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