Lutz Counseling Services, LLC
23526 State Rd. 54 | Lutz, FL 33559 | 813.586.0956| Melissa Bretz, LCSW

MELISSA BRETZ, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Melissa Bretz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She obtained both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from The University of South Florida. A passion for caring and helping others has always been a priority for Melissa. Being a therapist is a life long dream come true and it shows in the work she achieves with her clients.

She enjoys working with children, adults, and adolescents conquering many of life challenges such as stress, low self esteem, family relational issues, loss, anxiety and depression. Therapy interventions mainly used are Cognitive Behavior Therapy CBT, Solution Focused, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Sand Play, Relaxation, Grounding techniques, and Play Therapy.

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Shannon Augustonovich, Graduate Level Intern

Shannon Augustonovich is a graduate student at Hodges University. She is in the internship practicum stage of her Master’s degree program, in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has 23 years in working with children and adolescents in the Pasco County School District. Working to help others find a healthy perception and strength within themselves, is a passion that Shannon strives to continue in order to make a positive change in the world, one client at a time.

Shannon enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has extensive experience in working with trauma, anxiety, self-esteem, self-advocacy, self-awareness, positive coping strategies, depression, behavioral, emotional, and educational challenges.

As a counselor, she knows that no single approach is right for every individual, and so she specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Solution Focused, and Play Therapy interventions.


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