Melissa Abello


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

National Provider Identifier: 1841690567

Expertise lEVEL

Advanced Practice


$450/per month

Meet Melissa Abello

Counselor Competency

Counselors with the training, supervision, and experience to know how to help.

MyCounselor.Online 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.Online 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.Online 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.Online 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.

Residency Training Rotations

RotationPresenting Issues
 Individual: Trauma-Informed Care 
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
Communication, trust, parenting, money, in-laws, expectations, roles
Couples: Sex Therapy
Sexless marriages, pain disorders, arousal disorders, desire differences
Couples: Sexual Addiction & Infidelity Recovery 
Porn & sex addiction, sexual affairs, emotional affairs
Couples: Dating & Premarital 
Premarital, family of origin concerns, relational expectations, commitment difficulties, compatibility questions, conflict resolution, wedding stressors, friend group conflicts
Family & Teen IssuesDivorced & blended family dynamics, teen development issues
Group Therapy DynamicsGroup work across a variety of focus areas
Personal Development CoachingCoaching for personal and professional development

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.

The Proof


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.

70 Reviews4.9 Stars

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Melissa really makes you feel like you are being heard. In a short amount of time you feel like you are speaking to someone you knew your whole life and she really cares for your best interest.

Marcus J.

70 Reviews4.9 Stars

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Melissa Abello has proven to be one of the most compassionate, empathetic and wisest individuals…She has helped me make tremendous progress in overcoming shame and anxiety.

Meg C.

70 Reviews4.9 Stars

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Melissa Abello is incredible! I would trust her with any information about me because I know that she’s not only confidential but nonjudgmental.

Jasmine T.

70 Reviews4.9 Stars

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Melissa is an amazing person and truly cares about the well being of her clients. She is a compassionate, patient, and has helped me to have a better outlook on life.

Bob G.

70 Reviews4.9 Stars

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