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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Tameka L Russ-Codling, Ed.D. Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Tameka obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida A&M University, Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University, and a Doctorate of Education degree with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Tameka has 20 years of experience in the counseling field, working with individuals of all age groups, providing individual, family, and group counseling services. Tameka specializes in working with individuals who have experienced a wide array of mental and emotional issues such as: persistent mental illness, stress, anxiety, depression, personality issues, abuse, relationship issues, parenting issues, memory and concentration issues, marriage and family issues, OCD, anger, and other social and emotional issues.

As an advocate for the mental and emotional well-being of others, Tameka’s primary focus as a therapist is to foster a warm and supportive environment for her clients that encourages openness, acceptance, and that is free of judgment. Tameka utilizes client-centered, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, motivational interviewing and solution-focused approaches that are tailored specifically to each client in helping them achieve their personal goals.

Kelly Cavagnetto, Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern

Kelly obtained both a Bachelor’s degree in Social work as well as a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Florida. Kelly has ten years of clinical experience working with individuals of all ages, families and groups. Kelly specializes in working with individuals with mood disorders, social and behavioral needs.

Kelly aims to work with her clients to help them deepen their self-awareness and understand themselves better. She uses evidenced based treatments such as, Cognitive behavior, Solution focused therapy and motivational interviewing to help clients achieve the changes they wish to see within themselves and their lives.

Evan Tokarz, Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern

Evan Tokarz is a Lutz local who obtained his Master of Social Work at the University of South Florida. Evan employs a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. He is open-minded and curious and believes a partnership approach is paramount in therapy. He incorporates mindfulness techniques to help the client achieve greater emotional intelligence and inner peace. He most recently worked at the USF Memory Disorders Clinic where he partnered with patients, caregivers, and families to coordinate care.

Evan has additional experience with cultural diversity, racial diversity, religious diversity, and age diversity due to his experience as an English as a Second Language instructor. He taught Survival English to refugees for the International Rescue Committee in Atlanta and Hispanic second-language learners at the Latin American Association in Atlanta. He also was a university instructor in the U.S and abroad. Across cultural, social, religious, and age groups he has learned compassion is universal.

Audrea Moore, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Audi Moore is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s degree in counseling from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She has over 25 years of counseling experience working with children and families. 

Audi specializes in loss, grief, depression, anxiety, anger management, parenting education, and stress management. Therapy interventions include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, has solution-focused therapy. 

Shannon Augustonovich, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Shannon Augustonovich 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.

Margaret Jones, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Margaret Jones has more than 23 years in Human Services career field. She has earned a Master's degree in Addiction Counseling as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She is currently  registered as a Mental Health Counselor Intern with the State of Florida and has passed the National Counseling Exam. Her specialty is working with the addicted population using Mindfulness application, Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has worked specifically with the veteran and adolescent population. Her belief is that the mind and body are connected and through evidenced based practices, wholeness can be achieved, She is currently a Doctoral student studying Community Care and Trauma Counseling. She is a member of NAADAC and FADAA and has served 8 years in the United States Air Force as a Security Specialist. 

Keri Baker, Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern

Keri obtained a Bachelors in Psychology from Lehigh University and a Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. Keri worked for 10 years in the medical setting which included work with patients in nursing homes, organ transplant, child psychiatry, and surgical settings. She also completed a year of psychoanalytic training where she provided individual psychotherapy to adults. In addition to her role as a therapist, Keri works at a local private school in administration while also providing counseling services to K-8 students and parents. Keri’s goal as a therapist is to form a strong relational bond and support clients in developing their own inner wisdom and trust. She has a strong clinical interest in treating clients with anxiety and depression, eating disorders, and struggles with body image. 

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