Melissa Argumosa, Ph. D., LMHC
Education: PhD, Developmental Psychology, Florida International University MS, Developmental Psychology, Florida International University BA, Psychology, Florida International University
Approach to therapy: Dr. Argumosa uses a client-centered approach, incorporating components from cognitive behavioral, attachment and systems theories. She works to provide a strength-based approached grounded in Positive Psychology in order to empower students to recognize their own strengths and shift negative self-talk towards a more productive perspective. Dr. Argumosa uses an integrative approach for trauma work drawing from Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Dr. Argumosa emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship with clients in order for trust to develop and provide a support from which self-exploration, understanding, and change can be achieved.
Approach to supervision: Dr. Argumosa’s approach to supervision parallel’s her strength-based approach with clients. Her belief is that individuals work best in a supportive environment with opportunity to grow and expand their knowledge. She values direct communication provided in an empathic and supportive manner. Dr. Argumosa recognizes the importance of providing assistance and guidance to supervisees in order for them learn, develop, and feel confident in their current and future roles.
Dr. Argumosa is Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has experience in both clinical and administrative roles in a variety of settings, including non-profit, for-profit, and private practice. Dr. Argumosa has served as an adjunct professor for the Department of Psychology at FIU and an expert witness in court proceedings within the Miami-Dade County Dependency Court System. Her professional interests include providing clinical services for children, young adults and families specific to trauma, attachment, and relationship conflict. Her interests further include parent-child dynamics, family systems, life transitions, and mood disorders. She has training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy.
Dr. Argumosa works part-time in her private practice. When she is not working, Dr. Argumosa enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, taking her family to Disney World, and exploring new restaurants.