Welcome to Your Highest Self therapy

Welcome to Your Highest Self therapy

Welcome to Your Highest Self therapy Welcome to Your Highest Self therapy Welcome to Your Highest Self therapy

I'm here to listen

Welcome to Your Highest Self therapy

Welcome to Your Highest Self therapy

Welcome to Your Highest Self therapy Welcome to Your Highest Self therapy Welcome to Your Highest Self therapy

I'm here to listen

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My Virtual Practice

Hi! I'm Melissa Marote, an experienced doctoral level Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. My services aim to promote wellness and health, improve relationships, decrease depression and anxiety, and help you to steer past  the roadblocks keeping you from becoming your highest self. I strive to build a solid connection, helping you to feel validated and understood.  

Treatment Focus

My counseling focuses on helping individuals to heal, improving their level of self-care, and becoming aware of their inner strengths. I achieve this by providing a non-judgmental safe space, listening to your concerns, and helping you gain insight.  We can build your confidence and self-understanding so that you can speak your truth and create the career, relationships, and life you deserve.  I want you to begin to live your highest self!

This site is not for those in crisis! See below for immediate help in a crisis.

United States

Emergency: 911
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1- 800-799-7233
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433)
Crisis Text Line: Text "DESERVE" TO 741-741
Lifeline Crisis Chat (Online live messaging): https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
Self-Harm Hotline: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)
Family Violence Helpline: 1-800-996-6228
Planned Parenthood Hotline: 1-800-230-PLAN (7526) 
American Association of Poison Control Centers: 1-800-222-1222
National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency Hope Line: 1-800-622-2255
National Crisis Line - Anorexia and Bulimia: 1-800-233-4357
GLBT Hotline: 1-888-843-4564
TREVOR Crisis Hotline: 1-866-488-7386
AIDS Crisis Line: 1-800-221-7044
Veterans Crisis Line: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net
TransLifeline: https://www.translifeline.org - 877-565-8860
Suicide Prevention Wiki: http://suicideprevention.wikia.com

Specialty areas

Self-Esteem and Confidence Building

Many of us have had experiences that damaged our feelings of self-worth and value. This could have been from a neglectful caregiver, a bully at school, an abusive partner, or our own negative self-talk. Identifying the source of these issues can be helpful, but does not make them disappear. We can work together to gain insight into the possible origins, identify patterns of behavior that keep us stuck, and stop the irrational and emotionally abusive self-talk.

Depression and Anxiety

Most of us experience fear, anxiety and/or depression at times in our lives. My calling to this kind of work arose from personal experiences of severe depression that led me to change the way I looked at life through positive self-talk and other coping skills. I enjoy connecting with others in an intimate way and feeling that both parties have changed in a positive way from the experience. Counseling is a two-way street. Through counseling I can assist in helping you gain insight, perspective, and joy that you want back in your life. 


About ME

Almost Heaven...

I was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia and grew up in Belpre, Ohio. I graduated with my doctorate in Counselor Education from Ohio University in 2011 and have been a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Ohio since 1997 (#0002989) and in California since 2014 (#922.)

Mountain Mama!

I am the mother of two amazing elementary school age girls and have been happily married for over a decade.

My approach to counseling

From a therapy perspective, I meet you where you're at and follow your lead- but if I get the feeling you're avoiding what needs to be worked on, I will gently guide you back. Of course this isn't easy work. But I applaud your courage and am in your corner! "The only way out is through" -Robert Frost

While my approach is eclectic, I focus on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)  because I believe that a person's thoughts create feelings which then guide their actions. By challenging your thoughts, you can transform your view of the world.

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Your Highest Self


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09:00 am – 05:00 pm

Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Sun: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM