Hi, I'm Mat. I'm a regular human being who happens to be a trained therapist and I have a passion for helping others.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Swansea, MA
I have personal experience with cancer and enjoy being able to help cancer patients, survivors, and loved ones. Specifically, working with survivors with transitioning back to life after cancer and/or dealing with issues during post-cancer life.
Experience working with clients with OCD. I use tools from ACT and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), completed an intensive ERP training, and have read books from experts in the field such as Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona.
Lots of experience working with anger. I use ideas and techniques from CBT, ACT, and solution focused therapy.
The master's program I completed was heavily CBT-oriented. I have additional training in this from workshops. While I no longer identify as a CBT therapist, I am an ACT therapist. ACT is very similar to CBT as they are both behavior therapies. The difference is in how the "C" (your thoughts) are handled. See ACT section for this.
Have read books about this and use ideas from solution focused therapy in my work. The name can be confusing as therapy is not always "brief." Everyone is unique and treatment is tailored to the individual.
In ACT, I will work with you on getting your life going in the direction you want it to be going while also helping you to better handle the obstacles along the way. While lots of the same behavior techniques used in CBT are used here, a big difference is in how we work with difficult thoughts and emotions. Rather than focus on trying to eliminate difficult thoughts and feelings, we will work on getting you to live the life you want to live despite whatever mental obstacles exist.
As humans, we all experience anxiety to different degrees. I utilize an evidence based approach using mindfulness and behavior therapy know as Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT). I will try to help you live the life you want to live despite the anxiety (rather than having the anxiety control your life).