Melissa Ellsworth (she/her)

Accepting Clients

Hi! My name is Melissa and I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in chronic pain, sex therapy and gender-affirming therapy.

Clinical Psychologist in Portland, OR

About My Clients

Do you ever feel stuck in a body that doesn't feel, act or look the way you want it to? Does it feel like your brain and body are out of sync? I specialize in treating individuals who struggle with issues around mind-body incongruence, specifically chronic pain, sexual difficulties and gender incongruence/dysphoria. I also support individuals that struggle with challenges that can often co-occur with these difficulties, including developmental trauma, attachment issues and faith transitions.

My Background and Approach

My approach to treatment is warm, collaborative and client focused. I utilize an eclectic approach to therapy incorporate evidence-based interventions that are tailored to each clients needs. I have over a decade of experience treating chronic pain patients from a holistic lens, including utilizing Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), mindfulness and self-compassion interventions. I have specialized training in gender-affirming therapy and follow WPATH guidelines for providing letters of support for gender affirming treatments. I also provide sex therapy that is kink-aligned, sex-positive and ENM-informed, and utilize attachment theory and somatic therapies to help individuals and couples better align with their authentic sexual self and values. When needed, I also incorporate Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance/Commitment Therapy (ACT) with difficult thought and emotional patterns.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I highly respect individuals from all religious, cultural and ethnoracial backgrounds, and strive to provide treatment that is accordance with your values system. I am also happy to work with your other health care providers to make a comprehensive treatment plan for your needs.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 5 years of practice
  • Rate: $150 - 175/session


(801) 382-8702 Email Melissa
11th and SE Alder
Portland, OR 97204
Salt Lake City, UT 84095

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