Matthew Chingren

(LCSW)

About Me

Thank you for stopping by! I'm excited to introduce myself and share ways that perhaps working together will help you fulfill your goals of being happier, healthier, and feeling more whole! My name is Matthew, but I'm fine going by Matt! I am a clinical social worker who has almost 20 years of experience in the field of mental health services, and now being an LCSW providing direct therapy interventions for almost 15 years. My undergrad is in psychology, but I got my Master's in Social Work because I am passionate about the core values of social work being about making a positive impact and difference in the lives of others and the world around me.

I carry that passion into my approach- I see myself as being here to help guide and support, not to fix and solve the issues of others. I believe strongly that each individual is always the expert on themselves and with some support and additional tools, can find their own solutions to whatever has guided them to seeking my assistance. My work is rooted in this recovery-minded philosophy which inherently believes that while recovery can be a long-term journey, people can and do recover from even the most difficult of experiences, problems, or even diagnoses. No one should ever tell you that you are not capable!

I have a wide variety of clinical experiences-- having spent 10 years at a non-profit community out-patient mental health center, and then the past 6 years running intensive outpatient group therapies for a company that primarily serves as a psychiatric hospital. I feel extremely skilled at helping individuals who struggle with Anxieties, Mood Disruptions, and high emotional intensities. I have extensive experience also working with individuals who are battling addictions (substances or behaviors/processes) as well as working with people who have experienced all sorts off traumas. I am also more than happy to be a short-term support and aid in just dealing with life stress, relationship concerns, or if you are struggling to find direction or make an impending significant decision in your life. I am a big believer that sometimes we just need an outside perspective and a little nudge in the right direction during a time of distress. I can almost assure you that I have personally helped someone struggling with something very similar to you....yet, nobody can ever be in your shoes, so you are the one to be in charge of what you need and what you feel is and isn't helpful, and I often say there is no such things as 'bigger or smaller problems...just different types' so there is no issue to big or small that you can talk with me about.

To share a bit more about myself, I have been married to my wife for over a decade and am a parent of a late-elementary aged child while also having an adult step-child for whom I've been in their life since their late high-school years. I love nature and being outdoors, love pets, spending time with my family. I am passionate that everyone should be accepted for the beautiful people that they are. Lastly, about myself--- I don't eat nearly as healthy as I should, I like to joke that I am "in shape" because round is a shape, and I strive to help bring joy and humor to situations- things don't always need to be so serious.

I look forward to the opportunity of getting to know you and creating a safe place for you to talk, share without judgment...and then ultimately learn and grow towards feeling healthy and whole as a person.


Specialties

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

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 12

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #6665-C (Expires: 2020-11-30)

LCSW #7334 (Expires: 2022-11-30)