- Olivia Mellan

  • About Olivia Mellan
    Olivia Mellan

    Since 1982, Olivia Mellan has been a groundbreaker in the field of money psychology, couples communication, stress management, and conflict resolution. Her monthly column, The Psychology of Advice appears in Investment Advisor, and she has appeared on Oprah, the Today Show, and ABC's 20/20, and other nationwide media. She also speaks all over the country to businesses, professional groups, and to the general public.

  • Take the Moneyharmony Quiz!
    Take the Moneyharmony Quiz from the Moneyharmony book

    What's your money personality style? Are you a hoarder? A spender? A money monk? An avoider? An amasser? Take Olivia's and Sherry Christie's Money Personality Quiz from their newest book, Money Harmony: A Road Map for Individuals and Couples, and find out how much of each of the first 5 money types rule your actions and attitudes.

  • Watch "In the Prime: Couples and Money with Olivia Mellan"

    Olivia has released In the Prime: Couples and Money with Olivia Mellan to the public for all to watch! It is a workshop for individuals and couples that includes money personality types, couples polarization patterns, childhood messages and childhood vows, how to debunk money myths and move toward rational decision-making, both individually and as a couple, and an interview with Deborah Potter from a PBS-TV talk show on couples and money, including discussion of merged vs. separate money.

  • "Olivia's Secret Language of Money" available for download!
    Buy The Secret Language of Money now!

    Olivia's Secret Language of Money - which will take you on a personal and relationship journey to achieve what she calls "Money Harmony" - is now available on the web as a digital download for only $30!

    Hear her talk you through and walk you through childhood messages and vows; money myths; what money types are you and how to reach balance; creating money dialogues; couples depolarization; and much more...

  • Olivia's Latest from ThinkAdvisor — 18 Ways to Shake Up Marketing & Sharpen Results
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    Olivia's article from the October 2015 issue of Investment Advisor, 18 Ways to Shake Up Marketing & Sharpen Results, is available online at From the article:

    Is your marketing program stuck in a rut? It's human nature to keep doing the same old things to attract new business — especially when you a) hate disruptions in your routine; b) are busy with clients you already have; and c) are not completely sure what works anyway.

    But for the future of your practice...

  • Olivia's August 2015 article from ThinkAdvisor — Mergers and Aspirations
    Some turnover is to be expected in a merger, but there are ways to minimize it.

    Olivia's article from the August 2015 issue of Investment Advisor, Mergers and Aspirations, is available online at From the article:

    Dollars often drive the decision behind a merger or acquisition. It could be the promise of a larger share of wallet from existing clients, greater profitability from creating economies of scale or more fruitful succession planning. What often isn't discussed...

  • (Aug 2014 issue) — Collaborative Divorce: A Win-Win Dissolution
    Collaborative Divorce: A Win-Win Dissolution

    Olivia's article from the August 2014 issue of Investment Advisor, Collaborative Divorce: A Win-Win Dissolution, is now available online. From the article:

    When my first husband and I decided to end our marriage more than 30 years ago, we wanted to avoid ugly confrontations and create a solution that would give our young son a loving home with both of us sharing custody...

  • (Aug 2014 issue) — Women, Money and the Confidence Gap
    Women, Money and the Confidence Gap

    Olivia's article from the August 2014 issue of Investment Advisor, Women, Money and the Confidence Gap, is available online at From the article:

    In recent years, banks, brokerage firms and fund companies have pulled out all the stops to make women more confident about money. Prompted by surveys showing women's feelings of helplessness around money management, discomfort with investing and greater risk aversion, the financial industry has sprouted women's initiatives, hosted seminars and published educational brochures by the ream...


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Events & Teleclasses

Be sure to check out the Upcoming Events section to see where Olivia will be speaking!

Mellan will schedule workshops in various cities as interest arises. If you are interested in setting up or organizing a workshop in your city, or you would like to book Olivia for keynotes or other speeches, contact Olivia directly.

Olivia is now offering three-session teleclasses to coaches, therapists, counselors, and financial advisors on money psychology, skills and techniques.

Find out more about Money Psychology Teleclasses.