Melissa  Mastrostefano

Melissa Mastrostefano

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for morning, evening, & daytime appointments in Newport practice (updated November 17, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Loss and grief
  • Soul injury
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic & terminal illness
  • Pet loss

Professional statement

Melissa Mastrostefano is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Newport, Rhode Island. In her private practice, Melissa sees children, teenagers, young adults, college students, adults, and seniors, with a focus on grief and loss.

Melissa has expertise in grief, loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, chronic, and terminal illness. She is a grief and loss specialist, and is affiliated with Memorial Funeral Homes in Newport where she leads classes and workshops on the topic. Melissa also leads support groups and provides professional development workshops for organizations. In addition, as a certified Celebrant, she officiates and develops meaningful and personalized ceremonies to assist a community to heal after a loss.

Melissa is dedicated to learning best practices; her work is grounded in academic research. She studies under Rev. Dr. Rev. Lark d’ Helen, a Certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist and URI college professor of Thanatology.

Melissa has an extensive social work background. She has spent time working in community mental health centers, schools, and a cancer center. Her thirty years of experience and training in various therapy modalities enable her to help her clients process powerlessness, change, guilt, and other difficult emotions. Melissa uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Existential Therapy, mindfulness practices, supportive therapy, restorative practices, and Soul Injury Treatment.


Message to clients

Is your heart broken? Have you experienced a significant loss of any kind? Do you feel stuck in your grief, struggling to cope with change or confusing intense emotions? I can help you feel better. Grief is a natural and normal reaction to loss but few of us have been taught how to handle it. The emotions accompanying grief can be so scary and overwhelming. The good news is that you can heal and learn positive actions you can take to recover. I want to come along side of you and guide you through the process. I have successfully helped many others and I want to help you too.


Specialties

Loss and grief - Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one

Soul injury - A penetrating wound that separates one's self from their fundamental identity, shrinks their sense of goodness/beauty and leaves emptiness, disconnection and/or a belief of being damaged or defective

Trauma - Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

Chronic & terminal illness - Managing chronic illness; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens

Pet loss - Processing the loss of a loved pet


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $120
  • Sliding scale: $40 - $120
  • Initial session: $150

Therapist's note

Melissa can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Location(s)

Newport practice

30 Red Cross Avenue

Newport, RI 02840

Hours
  • Mon 12:00pm-5:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Fri Professional development workshops
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

South Shores Community Mental Health Center

East Bay Center

RI Student Assistance Services

Lifespan Cancer Center, Newport Hospital

Private practice, Individual therapy with elderly clients at end of life

Columbia University, MSW

Insight Institute, Certified Celebrant

International Institute for Restorative Practices, Graduate courses, Certified Trainer

Barrington College, BSW


Languages

  • English

Therapy Groups

Melissa  Mastrostefano
8-Week Grief Recovery Method Support Group

Most emotional distress is rooted in unresolved grief. Many people receive incorrect information about grief. Time does not heal all wounds and grievers do not go through 5 stages. Learn what is proven to be effective and with group support, be guided to take action steps to increase your ability to move forward, heal your heart, and rebuild your life. The method helps with 48 different kinds of loss experiences related to divorce, pets, change in health, career, faith, financial status and or loss of trust and safety from abuse.

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