Michael J Matthews
He/Him/HisLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
I began my career as environmentalist in Humboldt County when attending Humboldt State University from 1972. I contributed to the expansion of Redwood National Park by 46,000 acres., did investigated the seismic problems at the Humboldt Nuclear Power which closed in 1976; edited the eco-journal at the North coast Environmental Center in Arcata, and I was named Humboldt State Student of the Year in 1976.
Then I worked as a rehabilitation counselor with the industrially injured from 1983 through 2007. I worked 2007 to 2021 at the California Department of Rehabilitation in Berkeley at the Ed Roberts Campus, a unique center for the disabled. I was appointed to the State DOR Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and retired in 2021.
I have been a therapist since 1983 interning at Crossroads Counseling, the Institute on Aging Crisis LIne, San Francisco Suicide Prevention and with the UCSF Therapy Internship Program at Everett Middle School for two years in the Mission District.
I have always been a client centered rehabilitation counselor and therapist studying Dr. Carl Rogers, Dr. Heinz Kohut, empathic attunement, Jungian Dream Therapy, Solutions Therapy and Murray Bowen Family Systems Therapy. I have been with Path to Mental Health since September of 2021.
I have almost 36 experiences professionally and a lifetime of experience within myself coming from a family with sudden loss, trauma, alcoholism, depression, divorce, and emotional abuse and denial and shame. My mother was in AA. My father was manager of the Inglewood Social Security Administration office. I bring all of this experience as a therapist and I am always a strong advocate for those with mental health issues.
Bipolar disorder - Developing coping and preventive strategies to stabilize extreme mood swings, including manic and depressive episodes; increasing effective strategies to regulate emotions and maintain a healthy daily routine
Existential crisis & challenges - 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
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Suicidal ideation - Support living with intense pain, distress, and feelings of persistent hopelessness; strengthening meaningful relationships and experiences in one’s life
Mood disorders - Clinical depression, persistent depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders that cause disturbances in the client's mood, causing mood swings, restless sleep, and/or elevated mood
Climate anxiety - Coping with the unique stress created by climate change, including managing any overwhelming feelings of impending disaster and finding outlets for advocacy
Years of Experience: 28 years
Path to Mental Health, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, 2021 - Present
St. Mary's College of California, MA Marriage & Family Therapy 3.90, 1995
Humboldt State University , BA Political Scientist, 1976