Melissa Abello

Melissa Abello

Melissa Abello MA, LPC, has a Masters in Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), holding her license in Missouri.

National Provider Identifier: 1841690567

All MCO counselors are approved to work in all 50 states.


RATE: $450/per month

Connect: (855) 755-3797 ext. 3669

A Note From Melissa

I am especially passionate about working with individuals experiencing anxiety, sexual addiction, depression, challenges with parenting, and relational conflict. I also work heavily with couples experiencing communication difficulty, affair recovery, sexual addiction, infertility, and parenting challenges.

I am deeply passionate about serving others through counseling. My desire is to help people be set free from their pain, so that they can truly live life to the full (John 10:10). I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Assumption College in Worcester, MA and a Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Stephens College in Columbia, MO. My husband and I serve as ministers and currently reside in Columbia, MO. I am also certified in Good Enough Parenting workshops. I also serve part time with Focus on The Family in Branson, MO doing marital intensive work.

Melissa Abello

Counselor Competency

MyCounselor has as its aim to be the gold standard in faith-based mental health. Our counselors are required to have undergraduate studies in theology, practical ministry, or psychology and have completed a graduate (master’s) degree in mental health (professional counseling, clinical social work, marriage & family therapy, etc.).

  • We only hire around 2% of applicants
  • Require at least a Master’s Degree in Mental Health
  • 2-Year Post-Graduate Residency in Neuroscience Informed Christian Counseling® (NICC)
  • 400+ hours of Continuing Education each year

After submitting an application package that includes transcripts, references, and video responses to a structured interview, qualified candidates are invited into a multi-stage interview process. During the process candidates will meet with clinical supervisors, perform a mock therapy session, and participate in a training with the MyCounselor clinical team. If advanced from the final interview with the Director of Clinical Services, candidates are offered a position on the clinical team and matriculated into the MyCounselor residency.

During residency counselors complete multiple rotations of clinical training and experience with specific populations, including individuals, couples, families, and teens. Specifically, residents are trained in the MyCounselor proprietary model of care: Neuroscience Informed Christian Counseling® (NICC) as applied in practice with various presenting issues.

The thorough training our counselors receive in a broad array of specialized rotations equips them to address counseling concerns ranging from the common to the complex.

Counselor Residency Rotation

Individual: Trauma-Informed Care (AEDP, AF-EMDR, IFS, EFIT)

Presenting Issue(s): Trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, stress & burnout, grief, aloneness, shame, insecurity, self-esteem, addictions, friendships, work dissatisfaction, eating disorders, self-harm, suicidal ideation, childhood sexual abuse, spiritual abuse, spiritual stagnation

Couples: De-escalation & Attachment Bond Restructuring (EFT)

Presenting Issue(s): Communication, trust, parenting, money, in-laws, expectations, roles

Couples: Sex Therapy (ABCST)

Presenting Issue(s): Sexless marriages, pain disorders, arousal disorders, desire differences

Couples: Sexual Addiction & Infidelity Recovery (CSAT)

Presenting Issue(s): Porn & sex addiction, sexual affairs, emotional affairs

Couples: Dating & Premarital (SYMBIS)

Presenting Issue(s): Premarital, family of origin concerns, relational expectations, commitment difficulties, compatibility questions, conflict resolution, wedding stressors, friend group conflicts

Family & Teen Issues:

Presenting Issue(s): Divorced & blended family dynamics, teen development issues

Group Therapy Dynamics:

Presenting Issue(s): Group work across a variety of focus areas

Personal Development Coaching:

Presenting Issue(s): Coaching for personal and professional development

Recent Testimonial

Melissa Abello is an amazing counselor. She is the best listener and very wise beyond her years. She is full of Godly insight and compassion.

-Andrea L.

Melissa’s Most Recent Article
When God Says To Care For Yourself by Melissa Abello

Post Date: October 11, 2022

By: Melissa Abello

I write this article because I have encountered many faithful, inspiring, powerful men and woman of the Lord who for some reason do not believe that caring for themselves matters to God. For years they have functioned under the belief that they were last on the list of people to care for because this what was righteous or godly.

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