Michelle Matoff, Psy.D., LCSW
Phone number: 805-888-9534
Office Address: 895 Aerovista Place, Suite 106
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 85
Avila Beach, CA 93424
CA License: LCS15900
Universities Attended: CalSouthern University for Psy.D
California State University Sacramento for MSW
UCLA for Bachelor’s degree in psychology
Insurances Accepted: I provide a superbill for receipt of services
Introduction: Dr. Michelle Matoff is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with a doctorate in psychology (Psy.D) and over 20 years of experience in clinical practice. Having lived in the USA, UK, Brazil, and Australia, Dr. Matoff has worked in diverse social and ethnic environments which have afforded her an opportunity to gain a broad understanding of cultural competence. In addition, she has taught health psychology and stress management courses both at the university level and in private mental health facilities. Her professional experience includes publications and speaking engagements. She also has served as the Forum Chair for a committee responsible for providing training for mental health practitioners in a rural community in the UK. Michelle specialize in the treatment of anxiety, aging, stress management, life transitions and compulsive overeating. She also provides post bariatric surgery support which is designed to help clients with emotional issues that lead to poor follow-up of new eating practices. In addition, Dr. Matoff offers diabetic patients help with psychological support when emotional issues lead to poor glycemic control and ultimately less self-care. Her training and research interest often incorporate an integrated therapeutic orientation that combines a behavioral approach with short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. She customizes treatment to her patient’s individual characteristics, the present context, and their therapeutic relationship. Michelle's dissertation research linked short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy with acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and found that participants benefited from improved emotional regulation, a more stable sense of self, increased self-compassion, and improved flexibility in specific situations.
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