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Dr. Melissa Morton Licensed Psychologist

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General Office Hours

In Eastern Time

MondayClosed
Tuesdayfrom 07:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Wednesdayfrom 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
ThursdayClosed
FridayClosed
Saturdayfrom 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
SundayClosed

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What is your style/approach to therapy?

Whether you're navigating the challenges of parenting a child with anxiety, supporting a teenager struggling with constant worry, feeling isolated as an adult, or grappling with the demands of your professional life, I'm here to support you on your journey. I prioritize understanding the unique factors shaping your daily experiences, from physiological to cultural influences. Through active listening and genuine empathy, I tailor treatment plans that honor your values and aspirations while addressing your individual context. Drawing from evidence-based practices and innovative neuropsychological techniques, our sessions will be warm, collaborative, and deeply interactive, tailored to your needs and support systems. Together, we'll work on transforming perceptions, improving communication, and overcoming challenges, rooted in your personal values and goals. I'm committed to helping you confront limiting beliefs and fears, providing you with science-based tools to navigate life's complexities. Using modalities such as CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, and ERP, we'll identify and modify patterns that hinder your satisfaction, paving the way for lasting change and emotional well-being.

General Expertise

Anxiety

Work Stress

Relationship Issues

Social Anxiety

Adolescent mental health

Attachment issues

Caregiver stress & support

Child mental health

Fees

First Session$200
Individual Therapy$200
Child Counseling$200

Types of Therapy

Individual Therapy

Child Counseling

Clientele

Parents

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Children (5-12)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Mindfulness Practices

Compassion-Focused Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Attachment-Based Therapy

Licensure

  • New York, Licensed Psychologist, 025235

Education

Syracuse University, Doctorate of Philosophy, School Psychology, 2021

My doctoral program was accredited by the American Psychological Association and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. Through additional pre- and post-doctoral training, graduates can attain dual licensure as psychologists and school psychologists. My research focuses on stress resilience by exploring the mind-body connection through cost-effective mindfulness practices. I established a psychophysiology lab and protocols, including electromyography, electrocardiography, electrodermal activity, salivary cortisol, and blood pressure, to assess how mindfulness mitigates stress reactivity. I received a research fellowship for my dissertation research. Additionally, I conducted intervention research in various educational settings, from elementary to university levels, involving both students and staff members. You can find more information about my publications here: https://www.upstatenypsychology.com/publications

Syracuse University, Master of Science, Psychology, 2019

My master's thesis was titled the Effects of a brief mindfulness intervention on stress reactivity.

University of Toronto, Master of Education, Counseling Psychology, 2013

The Master of Education in Counseling Psychology provided a comprehensive curriculum aimed at professional development, equipping students with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills essential for licensure as a registered psychotherapist in various settings. Personally, I pursued two dual specializations, focusing on therapy for young adults, adults, and a second specialization tailored to school-aged students. Through this program, I acquired the foundational training necessary for certification as a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

McGill University, Bachelor of Education, Secondary High School Teacher and Special Education Training, 2008

Work History

Feeling on edge, anxious, or overwhelmed by persistent stress, worry, racing thoughts, or intrusive obsessions? Have you noticed changes in your or your child’s behavior, perhaps withdrawing from certain aspects of life? Whether you're an adult grappling with anxiety, a parent navigating caretaking stress, a child or teenager dealing with anxious thoughts and feelings of isolation, or a professional burdened by work demands, I'm here to offer support. I'm Dr. Morton, a licensed psychologist at Upstate New York Psychology Practice, dedicated to supporting individuals across the lifespan—children, teenagers, and adults. I've dedicated years to research and training so that you, as my client, don't have to waste time wondering what can alleviate your suffering. My goal is to save you time by crafting a personalized, evidence-based treatment plan rooted in the latest scientific findings and tailored to your specific needs, accelerating your path to healing and helping you live a life aligned with your values. My passion for this work ignited early in my psychotherapy career when I witnessed the profound pain and suffering caused by stress and anxiety in my clients. I became driven to understand what differentiated those who found relief from those who continued to struggle with symptoms. Over seven years of research, I explored the mechanisms of transformation, aiming to provide essential components of successful treatment tailored to each client's needs. Witnessing the positive impact of evidence-based treatments fueled my desire to establish the Upstate New York Psychology Practice and extend these same transformative therapies to you. I hold a counseling psychology degree from the University of Toronto, Canada, and a doctoral psychologist degree from Syracuse University, specializing in school psychology for children and adolescents. With advanced post-doctoral training in adult, couple, and family system populations, as well as specialty training in pediatrics from the Rochester Institute of Technology and University of Rochester Medical Center, I bring a wealth of expertise to my practice. The treatment models I employ have been validated through clinical trials. I create a warm, collaborative environment where we can identify and challenge patterns that hinder your well-being, providing you with science-based tools to navigate life's challenges and achieve lasting change.

Online Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions About Melissa Morton, Licensed Psychologist

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

Is Melissa Morton accepting new clients?

Yes, Melissa Morton is accepting new clients for online therapy in New York.

Does Melissa Morton accept insurance?

No, Melissa Morton does not accept insurance.

What types of therapy does Melissa Morton offer?

Melissa Morton offers therapy for children and individuals.

Does Melissa Morton offer in-person appointments?

No, but people in New York can book Melissa Morton for virtual appointments (teletherapy).

Does Melissa Morton offer online therapy?

Yes, Melissa Morton offers online therapy via video sessions to people in New York.

How quickly can I see Melissa Morton?

Melissa Morton 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 Morton speak?

Melissa Morton conducts therapy sessions in English.

Can I book an appointment with Melissa Morton online?

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

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