Dr. David Mathews


About Me

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a Doctorate in Psychology practicing in Minnesota with over 35 years of experience working as a counselor or therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including trauma, victims-survivors of intimate partner violence, those who have been abusive toward a family member or others and those who have witnessed hurtful behaviors in the home or Community, parenting problems, sexual violence, bullying experiences, emotional regulation, depression, anxiety, relationship issues and chemical health concerns.

My counseling style is warm and interactive. It has been my experience that the best results leading to any healing or through a helping process are based in establishing a professional mutually respectful relationship. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in the use of stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral therapy, Adlerian thinking, a Feminist - Oppression perspective, with a Developmental and attachment lens. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

It takes courage to seek support, information and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here ready to be by your side to support and empower you as you are journeying on your current life path.

I look forward to working with you!


  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Addictions , LGBT , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Depression
Years of Experience: 35

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LICSW #8113 (Expires: 2022-11-30)


Written by T.H. on Jun 26, 2018 after counseling with David for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, sleeping, and bipolar

Nothing but good things have taken place with my counselor.

Written by K.E. on Jun 10, 2018 after counseling with David for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, and trauma and abuse

I feel so very thankful for having happened across Dr. Mathews through BetterHelp during my time of need. I've found that the electronic communication serves a similar function as journaling, but better, because it's a message to my therapist, who can respond to and reflect on my "journaling" using his therapeutic expertise. I'm glad I stuck with Dr. Mathews when we weren't sure that our schedules were jiving. The matching process used by BetterHelp seems to really have connected me with the person most well-suited to meet my unique needs. That was a major concern when I initially reached out for support. I deeply grateful for Dr. Mathews and BetterHelp. I look forward to seeing this type of service expanded upon to continue reaching more and more of us - we who struggle to connect with more traditional therapeutic services for a variety of reasons, from scheduling conflicts to transportation struggles, and the social anxiety that gets in the way of picking up the phone to schedule an intake session en route to meeting a new therapist.

Written by J.O. on Feb 14, 2018 after counseling with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Dr. David Mathews has been fantastic. His response time has been surprisingly quick even given the 7 hour time difference between him and myself. He has been genuinely enthusiastic from the word go and has given me some really helpful advice.

Written by L.W. on May 24, 2017 after counseling with David for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship, and family

Dr. Mathews is an experienced and efficient counselor.

Written by E.T. on May 19, 2017 after counseling with David for 3 weeks

Dr. Mathews was someone I could turn to while I was living somewhere where help wasn't available. He understood the challenging logistics of my situation and was flexible and accommodating. He helped me get started getting help, and didn't hesitate to recommend me to another therapist when I needed it. I look forward to maintaining a connection with Dr. Mathews as My frequent overseas relocations continue.