Matthew  Calkins
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Matthew Calkins

Psychologist, PsyD
California Waitlist Online
Pasadena Accepting In-person

I have availability in each of my two, interpersonal process groups meeting on Tuesday evening from 7:30-9pm and Wednesday evening from 7:30-9pm

Updated December 21, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Loss and grief
  • Life transitions
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationships
  • Existential crisis

Professional statement

Dr. Calkins is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified group psychotherapist practicing in Pasadena, California. He graduated with a BA in English Literature in 1996 and worked for three years as an assistant teacher at a school for children and teens with special needs. Since 2002, he has provided therapy and counseling to teens and adults in community mental health, college counseling, and private practice settings.

He is passionate about addressing isolation, particularly when coupled with psychological pain. He recognizes that facing oneself is a deeply courageous act and approaches his clients with respect and curiosity. He recognizes that it can take time to feel safe in therapy and he works actively with his clients to explore and talk about their fears of being vulnerable or discussing painful experiences.

Dr. Calkins has extensive training in psychodynamic therapy in both individual and group modalities. This approach is particularly helpful to people who want to gain insight into their motivations, and address the impact of painful, often traumatic experiences. While he is comfortable providing individual therapy, he believes that a combination of individual and group therapy will result in greater psychological growth and healing.

Message to clients

Therapy is, above all things, a relationship. There are many experiences and struggles that are simply too much to handle on our own. And yet, many learn to hide our vulnerability and needs in the world for the sake of psychological survival. My work is focused on addressing that dilemma - to help you share important, often painful realities, and to reduce any anxiety that comes up for you as you participate in an essential human need - telling your story.

Working across settings has provided me with the opportunity to serve people from diverse backgrounds, identities and lived experiences. I have come to appreciate the necessity of culturally responsive therapy for all, particularly for those with marginalized identities. I am committed to addressing racism, and other 'ism' and the harms they cause to the people I serve. Given how much I value the therapy relationship, I welcome frank and open discussions about the differences between us, and how they impact our relationship.


Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Loss and grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Existential crisis - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Matthew Calkins is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $250 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $175 - $250
  • Initial session: $250 (50min)
  • Group sessions: $75 (90min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed


Pasadena practice
595 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 501, Pasadena, California 91101
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 12:00pm-9:00pm
  • Wed 12:00pm-9:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9:00am-9:00pm
  • Wed 12:00pm-9:00pm
  • Thu 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 19 years

Private Practice, 2004 - Present
Occidental College, Director of Counseling, 2008 - 2019
Enki Health and Research Systems, Training Coordinator, 2007 - 2009
Bienvenidos Children's Center, Clinic Manager, 2005 - 2007
Saturday Center for Psychotherapy, Intern and Postdoctoral Trainee, 2002 - 2004
Dubnoff Center for Child Development, Assistant Teacher, 1996 - 1999

American Group Psychotherapy Association, Certified Group Psychotherapist, 2008
Alliant International University, Psy.D., 2004
Occidental College, BA, 1996


California: 21783