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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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.


Vanessa Muir, Licensed Mental Health Counselor


Vanessa Muir is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master's degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from The University of South Florida. She has worked with several community health programs providing assessments and counseling to a wide range of populations. She has also provided intensive assessment and counseling services for Hillsborough and Pasco County state programs, helping individuals, couples, and families that are in crisis.

Vanessa enjoys working with adult individuals and couples. She has received extensive evidenced-based training to improve/support adult individuals and couples who struggle with a wide range of life challenges such as anxiety, depression, stress, grief/loss, addictions, relationship and sexual issues. She utilizes an integrative approach that is tailored to her clients, that is based from client-centered while incorporating Cognitive-Behavioral, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused and Emotion-Focused strategies.


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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