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.
Sexuality/Sex Identity Issues
Avoidance (people or places)
Gender & Identity Issues
Grief & Loss
Avoidant Personality Disorder
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Major Depressive Disorder (Depression)
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:
Young Adults (18-35)