- 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.

  • "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 - Thinking Boomer: Understanding This Generation...
    The boomer generation is more nuanced than some may realize.

    Olivia's article from the July 2017 issue of Investment Advisor, Thinking Boomer: Understanding This Generation and What They Need From You, is available online at From the article:

    Many financial advisors figure there's nothing more to learn about baby boomers. Many are boomers themselves, aged 53 to 71, and they’ve been working with boomer clients for years. What could possibly be new?...

  • From - Thinking Gen X: An Overdue Look...
    Picture of Thinking Gen X magazine article

    Olivia's article from the May 2017 issue of Investment Advisor, Thinking Gen X: An Overdue Look at an Overlooked Generation, is available online at From the article:

    It may be fitting that the group nestled between baby boomers and millennials is labeled “Generation X,” since its members are more of an unknown than the generations before and after. Their elders, the boomers, have virtually owned popular culture since the Beatles landed in the U.S. in 1964. Their kid brothers and sisters, the millennials, are applauded for their...

  • From - Thinking Millennial: How to Woo the Largest Generation
    Open book with Thinking Millenial article in it

    Olivia's article from the March 2017 issue of Investment Advisor, Thinking Millennial: How to Woo the Largest Generation, is available online at From the article:

    Feel the ground trembling underfoot? It's the largest generation in American history thundering into the economy: more than 92 million millennials, now about 19 to 35 years old.

    After swaying their parents’ decisions for years, they’ll control $11 trillion of their own by 2030, according to generational expert Cam Marston, who surveys the landscape for his firm Generational Insights....

  • Video: "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.

  • Video: Are you being ruled by a money myth?

    Taken from the 2016 InvestmentNews Women Adviser Summit in Dallas, Olivia briefly touches on how money myths can affect your life.

  • Special Article - 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...

  • Special Article - 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.