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PhD Student
Human Sexuality

M.A. in Counseling Psychology


Melissa Risso is working towards reversing the stigmas associated with mental and sexual health. She received her Master's degree in counseling psychology with a health emphasis from Santa Clara University, and her bachelor's degree in Sociology from UCLA.

As a California Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and owner of Risso Counseling, Melissa works with individuals and couples to help them reach their full potential in health, sex and relationships. She is honored that her clients entrust their deepest concerns with her, and was elected the San Francisco Bay Area leader for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, & Therapists (AASECT) for the past eight years. She is also the host of the podcast, Let's Do It with Melissa Risso, which promotes positive conversations around mental and sexual health.

Melissa's doctoral work will focus on exploring the dynamics amongst individuals within polyamory and open relationships. Other research and sexual health topics of interest include BDSM and kink culture, general sexuality concerns, attachment styles, and sexual fulfillment in a relationship.  



Twitter: @MelissaRisso


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