I Believe

You are capable of changing.
You are not broken.
You deserve to be happy and not suffer.
You are worthy and special.
You have unique gifts & talents.
Finding peace, hope, and love is possible.
Sometimes pain and struggle can give birth to personal transformation.
Lemons can be turned into lemonade.
Laughter & humor are amazing medicines.
When the student is ready, the teacher appears — in dreams, in miracles, in play.
Nature and exercise have the power to heal.
Peace first begins on the inside.
Having self-love is fundamental to having a healthy, whole life.
Your thoughts can change your life.
Slow and steady wins the race.
And… bubble baths and a cup of hot tea can make everything better.

What I can help you with

Please note... I can possibly support you with other issues not listed. Please call me to discuss your needs.


help with


anxiety & depression


self-esteem & confidence


school & work related stress

Additional Information

Helpful info to get started

In New Jersey, I provide individual therapy online (aka telemental health) via a HIPAA secure platform. This means I have taken very strict measures to ensure our communication is private. Please visit Online Counseling info to learn more about this. You can read more about telemental health in my blog.

I will meet you where you are, and customize therapy to your needs. I like to use a holistic approach because it’s more effective in helping you. This means I will look at different areas of your life and see how things are working. I use many different tools & techniques. We will establish goals together, based on what you want to change in your life.

I am very down to earth and humble so you will find yourself opening up more. It will probably feel more like having a conversation and the focus will be you because I’m here to work for you. You don’t have to worry about me using words you don’t understand because I’m all about making things easier and keeping them real. Of course, I read research in order to make me a better therapist, but I get it… you don’t have time for every detail so we can simplify that part. I enjoy using humor (sometimes) because I like to connect and laugh with you. Don’t worry if it’s not your thing… you can let me know and I will respect that. I have a lot of excellent tools, techniques, and resources that I will teach you along the way. They have helped other people I have worked with and I hope they can help you.

My specialty, as well as my passion, is working with women and teenage girls. However, I am open to working with other individuals on a case-by-case basis. Please feel free to contact me so we can chat and see if I would be a good fit for you to change in your life.

Person Centered or Rogerian therapy 

A non-authoritative approach in which the client takes the lead and the therapist is a compassionate, empathetic facilitator, who listens without judgment. This way you have full control of your session and we can talk about what’s important to you.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)  

Explores the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and perceptions and how they can influence your behavior. The idea is that you can change your thoughts, which will directly change your feelings and how you perceive the world. Once you fully understand this, it will change your life!



A meditation technique to help you learn to be more fully present in each moment. Mindfulness is incredibly powerful. This is especially helpful for anxiety and trauma.


Motivational Interviewing (MI) 

It helps people resolve mixed feelings and insecurities to find the motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes. This is especially helpful if you want to make changes in a shorter period of time.

 I accept insurance (BCBS, Cigna, United HealthCare, Aetna, AmeriHealth, and Magellan).

 My fees: 

 Intake $225

 60-minute session $165

 45-minute session $125

Nurturing Hearts Therapeutic Services

926 Haddonfield Road, Number 667, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

856-209-3049; melissa@nurturingheartstherapy.com; www.nurturingheartstherapy.com


(OMB Control Number: 0938-1401)

When you get emergency care or get treated by an out-of-network provider at an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgical center, you are protected from surprise billing or balance billing.

What is “balance billing” (sometimes called “surprise billing”)?

When you see a doctor or other health care provider, you may owe certain out-of-pocket costs, such as a copayment, coinsurance, and/or a deductible. You may have other costs or have to pay the entire bill if you see a provider or visit a health care facility that isn’t in your health plan’s network.

“Out-of-network” describes providers and facilities that haven’t signed a contract with your health plan. Out-of-network providers may be permitted to bill you for the difference between   what your plan agreed to pay and the full amount charged for a service. This is called “balance billing.” This amount is likely more than in-network costs for the same service and might not count toward your annual out-of-pocket limit.

“Surprise billing” is an unexpected balance bill. This can happen when you can’t control who is involved in your care – like when you have an emergency or when you schedule a visit at an in-network facility but are unexpectedlytreated by an out-of-network provider.

You are protected from balance billing for:
Emergency services

If you have an emergency medical condition and get emergency services from an out-of-network provider or facility, the most the provider or facility may bill you is your plan’s in-network cost-sharing amount (such as copayments and coinsurance). You can’t be balance billed for these emergency services. This includes services you may get after you’re in stable  condition, unless you give written consent and give up your protections not to be balanced billed for these post-stabilization services

Certain services at an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgical center

When you get services from an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgical center, certain providers there may be out-of-network. In these cases, the most those providers may bill you is  your plan’s in-network cost-sharing amount. This applies to emergency medicine, anesthesia, pathology, radiology, laboratory, neonatology, assistant surgeon, hospitalist, or intensivist services. These providers can’t balance bill you and may not ask you to give up your protections  not to bebalance billed.

If you get other services at these in-network facilities, out-of-network providers can’t balance  bill you unless you givewritten consent and give up your protections.

You’re never required to give up your protection from balance billing. You also aren’t required to get care out-of-network. You can choose a provider or facility in your plan’s network.

When balance billing isn’t allowed, you also have the following  protections:

  • You are only responsible for paying your share of the cost (like the copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles that you would pay if the provider or facility was in-network). Your health plan will pay out-of-network providers and facilities
  • Your health plan generally must:
  • Cover emergency services without requiring you to get approval for services in advance (priorauthorization).
  • Cover emergency services by out-of-network
  • Base what you owe the provider or facility (cost-sharing) on what it would pay an in-network provider or facility and show that amount in your explanation of
  • Count any amount you pay for emergency services or out-of-network services toward your deductible and out-of-pocket

If you believe you’ve been wrongly billed, you may contact New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs- askconsumeraffairs@dca.lps.state.nj.us;  973-504-6200

Visit https://www.cms.gov/files/document/model-disclosure-notice-patient-protections-against-surprise-billing-providers-facilities-health.pdf for more information about your rights under Federal law.

Visit https://www.state.nj.us/dobi/division_consumers/insurance/outofnetwork.html for more information about your rights under NJ laws.

Please check out the following links for more information:

  • https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapy-types/person-centered-therapy
  • https://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/types/cognitive-behavioral-therapy
  • https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/therapy/what-are-motivational-interviewing-techniques-and-how-are-they-used/


You will benefit more from therapy if you practice the skills you learn on a regular basis. You have to be willing to change in order for therapy to work. Yes, it’s scary and uncomfortable, but I am here for you! If I can’t help you or we are not a good fit, I will be more than happy to refer you to someone else.

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