Dr. Carole Matlen

Psychologist

About me

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in California for over 20 years . I have a teaching and ministry background that I also bring to help you. I have worked in many different clinical settings that affords me a wide, accepting, thoughtful view of helping people. I have a commitment to helping in the areas of increased levels of anger, anxiety and depression, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, women independence and empowerment, domestic violence (men as well as women as victims), grieving and loss, family dysfunction (conflict resolution, isolation and abandonment, parenting problems ), sexual abuse, emotional and physical trauma, and relationship issues (separation, divorce, death of a spouse).

My way of helping is to foster your strengths and self confidence. I have used Cognitive Behavioral (" here and now" reality based) , Humanistic (client-centered) , Psychodynamic( your beginning emotional roots), Mindfulness, Trauma Focused Therapy , Existential Therapy approaches in a combined way that "suits just you."

I look forward to working with you , as a team, to help make your life much better!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Intimacy-related issues
  • Eating disorders
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Family conflicts , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 20

Services offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

CA Psychologist 17461


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Carole Matlen. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Jan 13, 2023 after therapy with Carole for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

I am very happy to have found Dr. Matlen on my first match up with a therapist on BetterHealth.com. I was skeptical at first about whether this will feel genuine or if I will connect with the therapist over the phone or on video chat. However after just one session with Dr. Matlen, I realized this was a great match. I trust in her guidance, expertise, and professionalism!

Written on Jan 13, 2023 after therapy with Carole for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Although early in treatment, having only completed a couple sessions, Dr. Marlén has gained my confidence and appreciation. Her knowledge and experience are evident. I look forward to the journey ahead, with a sense of confidence and optimism.

Written on Jan 11, 2023 after therapy with Carole for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, and adhd

I’ve only worked with Dr Matlen for a short time but she has been such a great help in my struggles. She is very supportive but also understands the best way to help me progress in my relationships. She has truly been a blessing for me and my health

Written on Dec 15, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Dr. Matlen is compassionate, bright, and an excellent listener. She’s not afraid to give feedback or direction as I try to grow my communication and life skills.

Written on Dec 08, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 2 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

Dr. matlen is so kind, supportive, personable. She is so intelligent and has helped me so much figure out my deep roots!!! So thankful for her!

Written on Dec 07, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

Dr Matlin is kind, empathetic and has been tremendously helpful and supportive of my needs. She is very good at working through difficult or complex issues and providing useful suggestions to address them.

Written on Dec 07, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Dr. Matlen has really helped me start to get at the root of my issues. She does so confidently but gently.

Written on Nov 10, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, coping with life changes, and coaching

Dr. Matlen is an intense listener. She has offered numerous ways to re- assess my current issues. I find her invaluable.

Written on Nov 03, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, parenting issues, and career difficulties

I was struggling with confidence with parenting and work as well as working through some grief when I started working with Dr. Matlen. When I think of where I was at that low point to where I am today, I am very happy with my progress and how I am feeling about myself. Dr. Matlen is a compassionate guide helping me to recognize my thoughts and behaviors through questions and reflections. She is very respectful and checks in to ensure I am getting out of therapy what I need to heal.

Written on Oct 19, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and anger management

Appreciate the tact and candor of Dr. Carole!

Thank you!

Written on Oct 11, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 1 year on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

Dr. Matlen is caring, compassionate, and listens to my problems carefully. I believe that she has the best intentions at heart. Be honest with her, and she will figure out how to help; you.

Written on Sep 29, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coaching, and adhd

She listens, gathers information, then recaps my thoughts as if she carefully studied them for hours. She understands and is supportive.

Written on Sep 23, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, and coping with life changes

Simply The BEST Therapist I have ever had! She is a godsend! I wouldn’t trade her in for any other therapist in the world! You couldn’t pay me to!

Written on Sep 15, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Dr. Matlen's valuable insight will direct your attention to the parts of your life–social, emotional, and spiritual– you may have overlooked. Throughout our last session, we were able to discuss matters I had thought about in the past but gradually set aside and forgotten. Addressing this was very cathartic and gave me a whole new perspective on things; now I have realistic expectations on what I have control over and feel empowered to make actual changes.

Written on Sep 01, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

Dr. Matlen has changed my outlook on life and I couldn't be more thankful for her help!

Written on Aug 22, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Dr Matlen is a wonderful therapist. She is a great listener who gets to the point and offers solid, practical advice. Love her.

Written on Jun 16, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Dr. Marlene is wonderful, she creates a special non-judgemental environment and has so much kindness and understanding.

Written on May 28, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

I find Dr Matlen too be so intelligent in her field and always know when to drop the next step in my healing to get me to recognize my strengths and weaknesses and guide me through those steps. She sees me for who I am and listens to me like I am the only other lady on earth. She is amazing kind and caring, I highly recommend her anyone seeking therapy.

Written on Apr 07, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, anger management, and career difficulties

Dr Matlen is a true professional, caring and kind. She helps you work through your issues without judgment. I highly recommend her!

Written on Apr 01, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and sleeping disorders

She is awesome, very wise and comforting, a great listener but always a great pal to steer in the right direction and give me honest feed back and advice.

Written on Mar 28, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

A huge part of my resistance to therapy was being matched with the right therapist, but Dr. Matlen was a great fit from the start! She listens to me while also repeating my words back to me in ways that give great insight.

Written on Mar 28, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and coping with life changes

I absolutely appreciate Dr.Matlen! Always listens and guides me to the right direction.

Written on Mar 07, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

The time I have been able to work with Dr. Matlen has been priceless. I’ve always found it hard to find a therapist that I was comfortable with in the past, but Dr. Matlen was the exception for me. She allowed to talk about whatever was on my mind and I truly felt like of my thoughts and feelings were understood by her. I felt comfortable to be 100% honest with her and she stuck with me through the whole process. She never pushed me further than I wanted to be pushed and always asked what I would like to do. Her sessions are well organized and she is determined to help you get to the bottom of your problems. Through her help I have been able to grow as a person and truly understand my values as a person that I was unaware I had. I will always be grateful for the experience I have had with her and would recommend her to anyone and everyone.

Written on Jan 30, 2022 after therapy with Carole for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

Dr. Matlen has always gone above and beyond to help me. I have always felt comfortable opening up to her because she’s very empathetic and professional.

Since I began my therapy sessions I feel more empowered and confident.

Written on Dec 29, 2021 after therapy with Carole for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

I continue to have a very positive and helpful experience with Dr Matlen. Her ability to listen and give back what is needed , along with her general reflections are spot on. I actually feel very cared for, and am seeing growth.

Written on Dec 22, 2021 after therapy with Carole for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and career difficulties

I highly recommend and would rate 10 out of 10 on Dr. Matlen. It was my first time doing therapy and I thought I would need a lot of time to find the therapist that fits best for me. But after the first 3 sessions I had with Dr. Matlen, I know she’s the right one for me. Dr. Matlen is a good listener and is so good at asking great questions, helping me address my problems. I also love how she closes out each session with asking about my key takeaways, helping my organize thoughts before hopping off the call. She never judges but provides directions around how I could tackle the same difficulties next time - in a comfortable way.

I know I still have a long way to go but I have already learned so much from her and can’t wait to continue working with her.

Written on Dec 19, 2021 after therapy with Carole for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Very thoughtful and wise. Listens thoroughly and responds considerately. Makes me feel human and whole again

Written on Dec 14, 2021 after therapy with Carole for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and self esteem

Dr. Matlen has helped me completely change my mindset on life. She is so special to me and has helped me work through the mental blocks that I have had up for years. She is pure magic and pulls things out of me that I hadn’t even considered, but absolutely make sense. She is kind, non-judgemental and such a huge support. She’s incredible.

Written on Nov 19, 2021 after therapy with Carole for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and self esteem

Dr. Malten is wonderful!

Written on Oct 30, 2021 after therapy with Carole for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Dr. Matlen is one of the most incredible professionals I have had the pleasure of interacting with. She has a wealth of knowledge, deep and sharp intuition, and a wonderfully kind human touch. I wish I could refer my own friends and patients to her. She has helped me make more progress in myself in a few weeks than I have been able to in decades. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She is absolutely incredible.

Written on Oct 21, 2021 after therapy with Carole for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

Dr. Matlen is an excellent therapist and really helped me navigate a very difficult situation in my life. I highly recommend Dr. Matlen if you want a sharp and experienced Dr. to help with your journey.

Written on Sep 26, 2021 after therapy with Carole for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

Love it. So helpful and great to have someone to listen. Scheduling is easy. Getting an apt each week is nice. Thank you

Written on Sep 06, 2021 after therapy with Carole for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Dr. Matlen is phenomenal. I'd given up hope of finding a therapist who would understand my complexities and meet me where I am in my wellness journey; however, Dr. Matlen's expertise far exceeded my expectations. She actively listens; hears what's not said; and encourages me every step of the way. I'm grateful to benefit from my interactions with her. Thank you, Dr. Matlen!

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