Dr. Melissa Matos
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Dr. Melissa Matos

Areas of Focus
  • Body Image
  • Caregiver Support
  • College/Work Stress
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Divorce
  • Grief/Loss
  • Health & Wellness
  • Law Enforcement/Military
  • LGBTQ+
  • Memory Concerns
  • OCD
  • Pain
  • Rehabilitation
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Stress Management
  • Terminal Illness
  • Women (Gender-Specific Care)
  • Young Adult
  • Other
Gender: Female

License No. and State:

License No. State
PSY29944 California

Professional Statement

Living with a difference, like a chronic health condition or a disability, can feel challenging at times. It may feel especially stressful and overwhelming during the pandemic. As a clinical psychologist specializing in rehabilitation psychology, I help individuals to cope, adapt, and adjust during stressful life changes and transitions.

I have extensive experience working with individuals to address anxiety disorders, mood disorders, adjustment issues, grief & loss, body image concerns, social stigma, and relationship problems. I specialize in working with adults with chronic health conditions, with a special focus on autoimmune disorders such as alopecia and Multiple Sclerosis. My therapeutic approach is client-centered and integrative, and I combine a biopsychosocial perspective with various evidence based practices.

I am committed to inclusivity and disability advocacy and use affirmative principles that focus on strength and resilience to help individuals feel confident and empowered by their differences.

I am currently accepting new patients for telehealth psychotherapy.

Contact me to set up a free 15-minute consultation.
Multilingual
  • English
  • Portuguese

Education/Experience

My training background and experience has focused on treating psychological conditions in individuals with chronic health issues. I have trained across various community and medical settings such as primary care, physical medicine & rehabilitation, oncology and skilled nursing facilities. I have advanced training working with apparent and non-apparent disabilities including spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, sensory loss (vision and hearing), and acquired brain injuries. I have also have experience performing preoperative psychological evaluations for liver transplant candidates.

I’m trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).

- Predoctoral Internship:
Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System

- Postdoctoral Fellowship:
Long Beach VA Healthcare System (Rehabilitation Psychology emphasis)

Degrees/Certifications
  • Alliant International University - Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
  • Chapman University - M.A., Psychology (Marriage & Family Therapy emphasis)
  • California State University, Fullerton - B.A., Psychology

Prices & Payments

Service Price Duration
Initial Intake: First Session $170 75 minutes
Individual Therapy $150 50 minutes
Individual Therapy - Adjusted Rate $100 50 minutes
Professional Consultation $170 60 minutes