Listening is an art and a science. I listen attentively without judgment and without jumping to conclusions. The therapeutic alliance between clinician and client is what makes this work so meaningful. The “talking cure” is transformational, often leading to a greater sense of personal choice and freedom. I’m a psychodynamically-trained psychotherapist who is a part of the LGBTQ+ community, and also practice mindfulness and meditation. I enjoy working with individuals and couples. Above all, I am a human that meets people where they are. I employ an evidence-based mindset and practical interventions to address a variety of concerns and ailments. My clinical orientation is eclectic; tailored to best meet you where you are now, addressing your needs whether relationship-specific, intimacy-related, career-focused, something more abstract or not yet determined.
I generally employ a depth-oriented perspective, with the belief that your past affects your present. Examining this brings awareness to developed patterns that may not serve you well. While acknowledging depression, anxiety, trauma, and other life transitions and opting not to view them through a prescribed one-size-fits-all lens, we work together to remedy these areas that ail you. I believe that most theoretical orientations can provide benefit to client populations, whether psychoanalytically-informed, humanistic, relational, existential, or perhaps from a non-Western way of thinking. You are a unique individual. I am dedicated to you and your wellness - not a predetermined set of criteria or ideals from any specific school or way of practicing. I am warm, real, in-the-room, and always “with you” in session. When working with couples, I dedicated in helping you find better ways to communicate effectively with one another and repair intimacy within your relationship.
Are you at a crossroads and considering reaching out? My goal is to empower you with the tools and insight necessary for you to experience a more fulfilling way of living and the opportunity for transformative change. I welcome you to take the first step and reach out to me to schedule a time for us to talk.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Control Issues, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Sexuality, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy
CA LMFT 108997
I’m overly hard on myself, an over-achiever, an over-thinker, and hopeless romantic. Matthew is a blessing for my style of therapy!
Originally, I was seeking a therapist who’s sterile, firm, and will analyze my every move. I stumbled upon Matthew, and he has been warm, energizing, and assertive on reminding me who I am, and where I can go. His type of warm “cheer leading” and engagement is comforting.
I believe with more time, therapy gets better - just open up your comfort zone at your pace, and Matthew’s in your corner. Thanks, Matthew!
Written on Dec 08, 2022 after therapy with Matthew for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
Matthew and I get along so well it’s like I’m talking to my best friend. He gets me. I think with a little bit of patience, the answers to my problems will come to me soon!
Written on Oct 31, 2022 after therapy with Matthew for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd
Matthew is just what I need! He is an amazing listener, but also guides me in a way that allows me to figure things out in my own way. I feel supported by him, and he passes no judgement on the things I speak to him about. I’m lucky to have been paired with him. I couldn’t be happier.
Written on Oct 25, 2022 after therapy with Matthew for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and anger management