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 of traumas. I am 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.
I am passionate that everyone should be accepted for the beautiful people that they are, and I enjoy laughing and joking around as I often think we all take everything too seriously in today's world.
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.
Additional areas of focus: 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, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
TN LCSW 7334
I've really enjoyed my experience on better help so far. My therapist Matt is great! I always feel like he puts a lot of thought into his responses. He is very open minded and funny. He has a great way of keeping his messages light hearted and funny but still serious and to the point. I'm very grateful for him.
Written on Jan 31, 2022 after therapy with Matthew for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Matt has been so great at connecting and following up with me during the week. Has helped me navigate different issues that arise, both personally and professionally. Ten stars from me!
Written on Jan 09, 2022 after therapy with Matthew for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
I am so glad I found Matthew. I feel like he "gets" me which I had serious doubts about before trying this platform. He's kind, caring, and gives me specific things/techniques to work on. I feel better just knowing he's there to listen and support.
Written on Jul 08, 2021 after therapy with Matthew for 2 months on issues concerning eating disorders
I am new to therapy, and Matthew has been an amazing counselor. He is aware of what my primary concerns are, and he has a way of getting me to think about things in a way I never have before. He has helped me so much with self discovery. I recommend him to anyone who is struggling!
Written on Apr 19, 2021 after therapy with Matthew for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, and coaching
I have truthfully gained some much knowledge about why I am the person I’ve become through Mr. Chingrens counseling . I was able to open up about my past and really understand why I made decisions in the past and who I wanted to become from the reason those decisions were made. I look forward to our talks each week and I hope anyone that is considering counseling will read this and it will make their decision easy. Counseling has helped release a lot of stress I didn’t know I was harboring bc I didn’t u see stand myself.
Written on Dec 10, 2020 after therapy with Matthew for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd