Last edited 10/15/2023

Melissa Buckley LCSW

She / Her / Hers

VerifiedOffers Online Therapy
Acepting new clientsAccepts Insurance
Headshot of Melissa Buckley Licensed Clinical Social Worker

General Office Hours

In Central Time

Mondayfrom 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Tuesdayfrom 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM
Wednesdayfrom 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Thursdayfrom 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM
Fridayfrom 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM

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What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

After we have collaborated and are on the same page regarding your goals and desires, I will give you the education, tools, relationship, and activities to meet your identified goals and desires. I also like to revisit items of focus to ensure that they're still a primary focus; I'm happy to shift according to your wants and needs. I have had majority of my clients give the feedback that when they leave our session, they feel empowered and motivated to incorporate the things we've discussed in session. During our time together, I will support you in holding yourself accountable for taking action throughout your journey.

In what ways does your personality influence your approach to therapy?

If you were to take my core values and stir them together, you would get my personality which is a major influence in my approach to therapy. I operate on a real level of humility and relatability as I feel that these are important aspects of the therapeutic relationship. I don't consider my relationships with clients to be intervention driven, but instead connection driven; I view myself as an unconditional support. I want to help those around me feel comfortable, safe, and not judged. I also am quirky, humorous, have ADHD tendencies, and have zero reservations with profanity when my clients are comfy with it. I'm an honest, caring, and non-enabling person, so you'll see this in our time together.

What does success look like in therapy? How will a client know that they are making progress?

I feel that success is an ever-changing, ever-evolving thing and it looks different for all of us. So, success in therapy can look like a ton of different things depending on your goals. But in a general sense, my clients know they are making progress when they're able to acknowledge things they've been silent about, live with grace and patience, and respond more readily and with greater strength to triggers or stressors.



Woman, Cisgender





Other Identities

Millennial, Living with ADHD, Living with Anxiety, Living with a mental health disorder



Work Stress

Relationship Issues

Identity development

Life transitions

General Expertise




Communication issues



Coping Skills

In-Network Insurance



UnitedHealthCare (UHC)

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois



First Session$145
Individual Therapy$130

Types of Therapy

Individual Therapy


Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Strength Based Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Motivational Interviewing

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy



  • Illinois, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 149.024911


Aurora University, Master of Social Work, 2019

Aurora University, Bachelor of Science, Social Work, 2018

Work History

Whether you’re new to counseling or have received counseling before, I empower and support high-functioning adults in Illinois find answers to the questions about themselves that keep them up at night. I have lots of experience and strength in liberating individuals who want support in relationship stress, life stressors, communication skills, self-care, making large and important decisions in life, meeting themselves where they're at, and also exploring coping skills to manage things like depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and mild impacts of trauma. I also have a specific passion for supporting entrepreneurs and/or independent business owners step outside of their comfort zones so that they can live a life at the mercy of their own hands and not anyone else’s. I'll meet you where you're at in your journey to living a flourished and fulfilled life. During our sessions together, I'll provide you with support, education, tips and tricks (all evidence-based, of course) to improve areas of your choosing, empower you, promote your accountability in reaching goals, and also provide some humor and tough love as well. You deserve a safe space to heal, grow, and be your unapologetic self. I'm so happy to be able to provide you with this. Let's work together and flourish!

Online Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions About Melissa Buckley, LCSW

It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Melissa Buckley, LCSW, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.

Is Melissa Buckley accepting new clients?

Yes, Melissa Buckley is accepting new clients for online therapy in Illinois.

Does Melissa Buckley accept insurance?

Yes, Melissa Buckley accepts insurance, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Cigna, Humana and UnitedHealthCare (UHC).

What types of therapy does Melissa Buckley offer?

Melissa Buckley offers therapy for individuals.

Does Melissa Buckley offer in-person appointments?

No, but people in Illinois can book Melissa Buckley for virtual appointments (teletherapy).

Does Melissa Buckley offer online therapy?

Yes, Melissa Buckley offers online therapy via video sessions, phone sessions and live messaging sessions to people in Illinois.

How quickly can I see Melissa Buckley?

Melissa Buckley typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current general office hours and request an appointment on their profile page.

What languages does Melissa Buckley speak?

Melissa Buckley conducts therapy sessions in English.

Can I book an appointment with Melissa Buckley online?

Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Melissa Buckley online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.