(424) 365-1583

Melissa Matugas, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

We have all experienced loss and change in one way or another. Whether it be the death of a loved one or the loss of a job, it is important to process the impact of the loss and/or change in order to move on.  I establish a safe space for you to share your journey while also focusing on how unconscious and underlying thoughts arise from our developmental years and ultimately affect our unhealthy coping mechanisms today.

Life comes with loss and change. The death of a loved one, the loss of health- such as being diagnosed with a life altering condition, a breakup to name a few. Dealing with any loss and adjusting to major changes can negatively affect us. Our emotional well being and coping habits are compromised as a result, and it is easy to fall into a deep depression or develop anxiety if our coping is not managed and nurtured appropriately. Talk It Out Therapy services provides a safe space to process and gain support.

The modalities I work with regularly are CBT, Grief and Bereavement counseling, and Psychodynamic therapy.  My extensive work in hospice, oncology social work, and bereavement has given me the opportunity to learn from these resilient populations. I continue to carry this passion in my practice today in assisting those experiencing loss and chronic/terminal medical issues. I approach therapy with a deep sense of compassion and empathy.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): A form of talk therapy that trains clients to recognize patterns of unproductive thinking and learn healthier responses to challenging situations.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT): Is a modified form of CBT specific to trauma. CPT helps patients change unhealthy beliefs related to trauma and stimulates a new understanding of trauma and alleviates symptoms.

Psychodynamic Therapy: A clinical approach that aims to promote self-awareness and insights by assessing how previous experiences have influenced current and ongoing behaviors. In this process clients gain perspective into behaviors and relationship issues that they may have not been fully cognizant of.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: is a therapeutic approach that emphasizes a client’s vision and solution instead of a source of their problems. Clinicians practicing SFBT guide clients towards engaging solutions and plans for actualizing them.

Treatment Approach

Specific Challenges
Stress-related Issues
Sexuality/Sex Identity Issues
Self-esteem Issues
Panic Attacks
Anger Management
Avoidance (people or places)
Codependency Issues
Gender & Identity Issues
Grief & Loss
Disorders Treated
Avoidant Personality Disorder
Adjustment Disorders
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Panic Disorder
Mood Disorders
Major Depressive Disorder (Depression)
Bipolar Disorder

Melissa is an out-of-network provider

Individual Psychotherapy (50 minutes): $100

Rates & Insurance

Monday: 5 pm - 8 pm

Tuesday: 5 pm - 8 pm

Wednesday: 5 pm - 8 pm

Thursday: 5 pm - 8 pm

Friday: 5 pm - 8 pm

Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm

Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm


Community & Identity Statement

I am an empathetic and sensitive therapist who has worked in hospice care for two years providing end of life therapy and grief and bereavement counseling to young adults to seniors. I worked as a medicine-surgery hospital social worker for four years providing therapy to those diagnosed with cancer and veterans with a history of addiction in recovery. My practice primarily caters to the following age cohorts:

Adolescents (12-18)

Young Adults (18-35)

Adults (35+)