My name is Risa Mendelson. I have a MA in Rehabilitation Counseling and Community Inclusion. This degree enabled me to be able to serve diverse populations of clients to evaluate individual needs and plan and implement interventions. I have a BS in psychology (Human Development) and I am a licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. My experience as a therapist has enhanced my skills as a counselor because it has allowed me to look at each individual holistically (mentally, physically, and emotionally). I have experience working with diverse populations of clients that have physical challenges.
My counseling style is warm and genuine. Rapport building is important to me so the client is comfortable with sharing his/her life stories. I will actively listen and ask questions to get clarification. I am not judgmental. My approach can combine clients centered therapy, cognitive therapy, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness therapy.
I have experience working with clients that have depression, decreased self-esteem, stress management, and organizational skills, anxiety, grief, anger management, traumatic brain injury, and many other mental challenges. My background allows me to zone in on self–care, and explore the clients’ strengths. I can communicate with clients, families, caregivers, guardians, case managers, and other professionals.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy
MI LPC 6401019170
For the longest time I struggled with low self esteem, anxiety, anger issues. Risa helped me tremendously. She always checks up on me throughout the week and always replies to my messages. She has shared with me different coping mechanisms and helped me realize my goals. Her worksheets are the best. I highly recommend her as a therapist :)
Written on Mar 30, 2022 after therapy with Risa for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd
Risa Mendelson is a excellent therapist. She has helped me a lot. She has taught me tools to use in my everyday life to get me through my stress, heartache, problems, anxiety, etc. I’m comfortable with her & she responds quickly when I write her. I’ve come along way since we started my therapy. She holds me accountable for the exercises & things I’m supposed to do for the week to accomplish the goals we set during our sessions. She checks on me through the week if she hasn’t heard from me. I highly recommend her!!
Written on Nov 13, 2021 after therapy with Risa for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
She has been wonderful to work with. Has listened and offered good advice.
Written on Sep 28, 2021 after therapy with Risa for 5 months on issues concerning self esteem
Risa was very helpful to me during stressful difficult times and I am very thankful she was assigned to me as I was a little hesitant and nervous to sign up. Highly recommend.
Written on Sep 24, 2021 after therapy with Risa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd
She’s everything I look for in a counselor!
Written on Jul 29, 2021 after therapy with Risa for 2 months
She’s really nice and an awesome person. I like that she’s trying to help with so much. I would recommend completely.
Written on Jun 10, 2021 after therapy with Risa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes