Welcome!

Meet Launch Soul.  Brewing in my being for years, she’s become a blog devoted to the greatness of empowering courageous and purposeful living, the key to blooming a life you love. 

This path takes a brave heart. It’s not painless. It’s inner directed and most certainly meaningful. 

So, check out the blog, join the tribe and let me hold the lantern while we make our way.

Bloom a life you love!

Maria Mellano

Maria Mellano is the woman behind Launch Soul, this blog, which is devoted to empowering courageous and purposeful living, the key to blooming a life you love. Maria is an experiential psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, and certified practitioner of psychodrama and group psychotherapy. She’s been in the mental health field for over 20 years, working with a variety of client populations, including a specialty in eating disorders, and has extensive practice in internal family systems, dialectical behavioral therapy and psychoanalysis. Her approach includes an experiential and spiritually-based focus on attachment, systems and psychodynamics. Maria is also a certified money, marketing and soul coach, and is committed to supporting those longing to make a positive difference in the world to lead lives of impact by bringing their wellness, worth and legacy into alignment.

As a next generation inheritor, Maria grew up playing an active role in her family’s flower growing and real estate business, and later took on a professional role in their estate transition planning process. The way that she navigated complex family dynamics and her sense of purpose in the world underwent a pivotal change at age 23, when she was raped by a stranger on a morning jog. Maria’s recovery and claiming of her survivorship put her on the path to transforming life’s hardships to make a positive difference in the world, and supporting others to do the same. Another major turning point came in 2007, when Maria experienced acute illness and nearly lost her life. At this time, she was guided into energy work, somatic therapy, and other forms of alternative healing. Doing this healing work in addition to her decades long Buddhist meditation practice not only allowed Maria to make a miraculous recovery, but also gave her a lived experience of making the impossible possible, and a desire to empower others to do the same.

Maria’s WellWorth counseling and consulting practice is based in both Boston and San Diego, and she offers remote sessions, group intensives, and transformational coaching programs.