I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida with over 15 years of experience providing therapeutic services to adults, adolescents, and children in Florida, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. I received my Master’s and Specialist degrees in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. Most of my psychotherapy experience has been with adults and adolescents presenting with a broad range of needs. I’ve worked and/or volunteered in almost every mental health setting imaginable: a psychiatric hospital, a university mental health center, a crisis center, alternative schools, mental health clinical research, and group practice. These experiences have allowed me to meet you at every level of care, from seeking counseling for your own personal growth, stress management, or relationship problems, to those in immediate crisis. Though I am a generalist, my particular areas of interest are in women’s health and development across the life span, reproductive health and infertility, and maternal/paternal mental health. As a proud University of Florida graduate, I also enjoy helping students navigate through the challenges that present themselves during that often difficult time that many say is “the greatest years in one’s life”.
Life has a peculiar way of setting us on paths that we never expected to travel. For some, this means finding yourself “stuck”, lost, lonely, depressed, or anxious. Others find themselves struggling with a major life transition, health condition, or traumatic life event or loss they never thought they would have to deal with and now not getting the support they need to move forward. Perhaps you have found yourself juggling so many different roles or responsibilities, you feel like you can no longer manage to find balance or focus. We don’t choose for these things to happen, but they happen.
I believe that every individual has the power to improve their quality of life, even when presented with the most perplexing set of challenges. My role as a therapist is to help you, through our relationship, to regain that sense of control within your life as we work together. People are unique and have very different needs. Professionally, I respect that individuality by customizing my approach as I get to know who you are and what you hope to gain. Then, by balancing support with gentle challenges, we create a "toolbox" of sorts to allow you cope with life's challenges and to return to your optimal level of wellness. There is no “one size fits all” model of therapy in my office.
Melissa Mamatas, Ed.S., LMHC