I believe that true fulfillment in life is found only through understanding and accepting oneself. The first step is identifying thinking patterns that hold you back from being who you want to be and having the relationships you desire. I work with adults, couples, and adolescents experiencing depression, anxiety, mood and communication challenges.
I use a collaborative process focused on identifying the automatic thoughts and stories we tell ourselves that limit our potential, and teach skills that you can use on your own. I have extensive experience with single parents facing parenting challenges. My primary approach with adolescents is to involve the family.
I see clients in Columbus and Gahanna, and will counsel couples who are non-monogamous.
Take the first step to help. Call or Email Rita Messer now - (614) 702-2603


  • Years in Practice: 5 Years
  • School: New Mexico State University
  • Year Graduated: 2008
  • License No. and State: 1000319 Ohio



  • ADHD
  • Academic Underachievement
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Leaving faith/religion
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Trauma and PTSD

Mental Health

  • Mood Disorders
  • Thinking Disorders

Client Focus

Alternative Languages: Spanish


  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2015
Rita Messer, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Columbus

Rita Messer

Clinical Social Work/Therapist