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Meet Melissa J. Kleinman, LCSW-R, RYT, CRYT

Melissa J. Kleinman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Yoga Teacher with over 10 years of experience providing comprehensive care to children, adolescents and families. Melissa earned her B.A. in Psychology and Social Science Interdisciplinary with a concentration in Community Mental Health from the University of New York at Buffalo in 2004. She went on to receive her Masters in Social Work from Syracuse University in 2006. She is dual licensed in the states of New York and Massachusetts and has been extensively trained in the fields of trauma, violence, chronic illness, eating disorders and early childhood social and emotional development. In addition to her clinical training, Melissa is a RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) through South Boston Yoga and a CRYT (Child Registered Yoga Teacher) through Little Flower Yoga. She is trained in the use of yoga and mindfulness when working with special populations such as those with disabilities, chronic illness, eating disorders, mental health concerns and individuals who have experienced trauma.

Melissa has worked in medical, non-for-profit, home and school based settings and has extensive experience providing individual, family and group therapy to preschool aged children through adolescents. She has served as a school based evaluator providing observations, assessments and recommendations to teachers and administrators on practicing positive discipline, fostering the parent/teacher relationship, promoting social and emotional competence in young children and understanding the feelings behind challenging behaviors. Melissa has acted as a consultant to various non-for-profits, has served as a guest lecturer at several universities and has provided clinical supervision to numerous Masters in Social Work students. Melissa is a sought after speaker on topics including promoting social and emotional competence in young children, chronic illness, adolescent dating violence and working with children who have experienced trauma and transition. Trainings and workshops have been custom tailored to meet the needs of various individuals including health care providers, school administrators, teachers, parents and clients. 

On two occasions she has traveled to Haiti to provide trauma informed yoga and mindfulness programming as well as education and yoga training to school teachers, community leaders and young adult mentors in  Port au Prince, Blanchard, Croix-de-Bouquet and Petionville. She continues to work collaboratively with US and Haitian non-for-profits to develop curriculum based programming to be used in training Haitian educators and community leaders. Melissa is known for her approachable style, capacity to engage, passion for the field and ability to convey her knowledge in a practical way. In addition to owning Hopeful Hearts Therapy, LCSW, PLLC Melissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at NYU Langone Medical Center in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery.  

Professional Accomplishments

  • Recipient of a grant to attend the First New York State Conference on Eating Disorders
  • Recipient of the 2005 Syracuse University Senior Vice President Award for Diversity
  • Nominated for a 2006 Syracuse University Francis Parks Macmillan Women of Influence Award
  • Nominated for a 2006 Syracuse University Senior Vice Presidents Award
  • Presented at the 2008 Massachusetts NASW Symposium
  • Presented at the 2009 Teen Pregnancy Institute: A New Era in Adolescent Sexual Health and Support for Young Families
  • Boston University – School of Social Work Professional Education Program presenter
  • Guest instructor for various university level psychology and social work classes
  • Presented at the 2014 First Annual Kids Yoga Conference in Washington, DC 
  • PESI National continuing education trainer

Advanced Certifications and Memberships

  • New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker #R078640
  • Massachusetts Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker #114825
  • National Provider Identification #1588810378
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Massachusetts member
  • Yoga Alliance Member – RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) 200 hour
  • 2014-2015 Trauma Sensitive Yoga Certification candidate through the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA
  • Life is Good Kids Foundation (formerly Project Joy) trained Life is Good Playmaker
  • RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) through South Boston Yoga
  • CRYT (Child Registered Yoga Teacher) through Little Flower Yoga
  • NYS Certified domestic violence and rape crisis hospital advocate
  • NYS certified HIV pre and post test counselor
  • Massachusetts CANS Certified
  • American Red Cross AED, CPR, Life guarding, Waterfront, WSI certified