Melissa Risso

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (CA License MFC 80126)

I am a bisexuality aware professional that works on the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula. As the voted San Francisco Bay Area American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) leader, I am extremely active in promoting positive sexual health in various Bay Area communities. Within these communities there are members that identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgendered, kink & BDSM friendly, swingers, cisgendered and polyamorous.

In my work, I constantly strive to grow and learn as a therapist in order to provide the best opportunities to my clients and the communities in which I serve. These include reading various articles in the field of sexual health and bisexuality, attending on-going trainings and workshops held by SSTAR, AASECT, Good Vibrations and other well-known sexual health organizations, and working with clients that identify as bisexual. Some of my areas of focus include kink, BDSM, polyamory, high-low desire, pornography, grief & loss, infidelity, self-esteem, career counseling, and overall relationship counseling. Additionally, I have a podcast called Lets Do It With Melissa Risso which focuses on promoting healthy conversations around both mental and sexual health.

With patience and persistence, my clients cultivate greater confidence and self-esteem, richer relationships, and more emotional balance and health. I believe that we all need someone to talk with who will listen and accept us as we are, without judgment. Because of this, I provide my clients with a warm, nonjudgmental environment- a safe place to explore the issues that may be preventing people from living the life they want.


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