Dr. Melissa Argumosa is the founder of First Step Family Counseling Inc.

Dr. Argumosa earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2001, Master’s in Developmental Psychology in 2008 and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology in 2010 all at Florida International University. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, she conducted research on infant and early childhood sensory perception and autism. She specializes in infant mental health, disorders of early childhood, trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder and family systems. Dr. Argumosa has worked in non-profit organizations providing therapy to families involved with the Department of Children and Families, children who have experienced trauma, children who struggle with anxiety, depression, or attention-deficit disorder, and families seeking support with parenting.

Dr. Argumosa is trained as an infant mental health specialist and has extensive knowledge of attachment, parent-child relationships, and family systems. She has managed several parenting support programs for families with preschool-aged children. Dr. Argumosa has provided training for early childhood providers and parents on a variety of topics including infant mental health, discipline, developmental disabilities, managing behavior in the classroom, and self care. In addition to therapeutic and professional training services, she has provided mental health consultation for early childcare settings. These consultations consisted of developmental screenings, support for the classroom and referrals for additional community-based services. Dr. Argumosa has developed relationships with a broad network of mental health providers in the South Florida community.

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