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At 36, Melisa slowly began to question her sexuality. But she was in a straight marriage to her best friend, raising two young children. She felt stuck. It was too late to explore anything. She had never really heard of anyone coming out beyond adolescence. She fel alone. Leaving her marriage, hurting her family...

The price of admission felt too high. 

But two years (and lots of tears) later, Melisa was divorced and out to everyone in her life. That in-between period was incredibly hard, lonely and heartbreaking. Now she is making her mess her message... sharing her experience and research to guide people in the same position and help them to not feel so alone through the difficult process of coming out later in life.

Since coming out, Melisa has made it a point to share her story... She's been featured on CNN, HLN and ChannelQ Radio. She also created a podcast called Lesbian Chronicles with her friend Alli to help

others in the same position. 

Whether you're discovering your sexuality or gender identity at 17... or 71... It's never too late to be your true self. 

Melisa is also available to help spouses, parents, and family members of people coming out. And help families navigate co-parenting after divorce. 

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"Melisa refers to herself as a consultant, but she has the experience and professionalism of a life coach and the personalism of a friend.  Through Melisa’s support, advice, feedback and sharing of her own story about coming out as a lesbian later in life, she has helped me come to terms with my own coming out and has helped me shift through both the emotions and logistics of this process. She is an authentic, honest, and experienced woman who I highly recommend anyone to work with. In just a few short months of phone calls with her, I have made tremendous progress in my journey and I am so grateful I have had her to talk to, at a time where I felt I could not talk to anyone else."


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“What’s the greater risk? Letting go of what people think – or letting go of how I feel, what I believe, and who I am?”

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Melisa Raney is not a licensed mental health therapist.
Consultations are advised to be used in conjunction with seeing a LGBTQ+ affirming therapist.
Melisa can help you find/research a good therapist in your area.

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