Licensed Independent Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, and evening appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Grief and loss
Mindfulness and relaxation
Self-growth and acceptance
Amy Matos is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing at The Holistic Heart in Warwick, RI. She helps clients facing challenges related to stress, anxiety, and depression strive towards self-acceptance. Amy uses techniques such as yoga and mindfulness to complement Cognitive Behavior Therapy, giving clients a refreshing and restorative way to use therapy for the wellness of body and mind.
Amy stresses the importance of a mind-body connection, particularly in those struggling with physical as well as emotional conditions. She works with clients in all phases of the diagnosis process, helping them find a path of acceptance and courage to meet challenges related to changes in the body and treatment process. Amy also sees clients coping with stress and feelings of overwhelm, working with them to set boundaries in work, academics, and relationships.
Amy emphasizes a psycho-educational approach, breaking down the therapy modalities to better inform and engage the client in their treatment process. She works collaboratively and supportively so that clients can build concrete skills to use in their daily lives.
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, sleep challenges
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Mindfulness and relaxation – Using techniques like breathing and meditation to increase self-awareness and manage day-to-day stress
Mind body connection – Techniques designed to enhance the mind's positive impact on the body
Self-growth and acceptance – Facilitate and enhance one's relationship with the self
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
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Family issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Authentic values and exploration – Identify an authentic value system and explore any potential disconnect between authentic values and current values
Life transitions – Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Pain management – Managing pain disorders
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Brown University Student Insurance
Johnson & Wales University
RISD Student Insurance
URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance
Initial session: $125 (60 min)
Ongoing sessions: $105 (45 min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $65 - $105 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Amy can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"I believe we are each our own unique individual. During our time together, I look forward to connecting and supporting you through your journey as you begin to notice and embrace your innate ability to heal!"
Treatment approachesAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, mogore focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Mind Body Therapyan approach to healing and easing life’s problems by increasing one’s resilience and personal resources. It incorporates the fundamental principles of traditional psychotherapy and holistic medicine to promote healing on all levels: emotional physical, mental and spiritual. Integrative psychotherapy aims to create a healthy alliance between mind and body to enable patients to manage stress and create a healthy lifestyle. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychoeducational TherapyPsychoeducational therapy aims to help people better understand (and become accustomed to living with) mental health conditions, is considered to be an essential aspect of all therapy programs.
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
YogaUsing specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques to ease suffering and release life’s traumas and losses. (learn more)
Education and work experience
The Holistic Heart Mental Health and Wellness Center, Therapist, 2016 - Present
Providence Community Health Center, Integrated Behavioral Health Clinician, 2016 - 2018
Justice Resource Institute, Clinician, 2016
United Services, Inc., Clinician, 2013 - 2016
Newport County Community Mental Health Center, Case Manager, 2011 - 2012
Looking Upwards, Inc., Home Based Therapeutic Worker and Direct Support Professional, 2012
Memorial Hospital Family Care Center, Intern Behavioral Health Specialist, 2012 - 2013
Rhode Island College, Masters of Social Work
Certified Yoga Teacher, CYT