I received my BS from Virginia Tech in Human Development, minoring in psychology, and I received my MS from the University of Kentucky in Family Studies, with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have 13 years of clinical experience. For the first part of my career, I worked for 6 years in a residential program for boys with severe behavioral and emotional problems. After this, I moved onto a prominent practice for 5 years working with individuals, couples, families, children, and adults. My treatment approach is to form a comfortable relationship with a client first and foremost. Seeking therapy is a big step to take and I want my clients to feel as comfortable as possible with me, feel free to disagree with me, or talk about anything that I've said that bothers them. I like to apply CBT approaches while also emphasizing compassion and support. I am also big on providing education and information to my clients about resources and mental health.
I love to work with people who have anxiety, bipolar disorder, general stress, as well as family, relational, and parenting issues. I also appreciate working on significant life transitions like moves, broadening a social circle, getting a new job, and breaks-ups/separations/divorces. Boundaries are often a part of my work, identifying and setting healthier boundaries with friends, family, coworkers, and in romantic relationship. These are some areas I enjoy focusing on clinically, but I also have a lot of experience working with clients who have oppositional defiant disorder, depression, adjustment disorders, autism, and LGBTQ issues.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Blended Family Issues, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Impulsivity, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy
VA LMFT 0717001557
We had a bad experience with our first counselor we were matched with but Matthew swooped in to save our Betterhelp experience. He has been amazing!
Written on Oct 20, 2020 after therapy with Matthew for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes
Matthew is wonderful, very responsive and insightful. I really appreciate all of his expertise.
Written on Sep 13, 2020 after therapy with Matthew for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder
Matt is a great therapist! He has given me very good goals to work on throughout my sessions. He always gives me encouragement and is respectful of the decisions that I make. He allows me to use my critical thinking skills when thinking of how to solve problems. I appreciate his support that he has given me thus far.
Written on Aug 14, 2020 after therapy with Matthew for 3 months