Mathew is a Registered Social Worker and Adjunct Faculty Member in the Department of Psychiatric Nursing at MacEwan University. He specializes in helping individuals experiencing overwhelming stress, anxiety, and sadness related to their personal, professional, and social lives. Knowing that social interactions are key to overcoming many of the difficulties associated with the human experience, Mathew seeks to help individuals approach the broader influences in their lives with a sense of curiosity, and supports the development of a greater awareness of our relationship with ourselves, our thoughts, our emotions, and our environments. Through this process, Mathew encourages growth and the ability to better understand ones self, to increase understanding and improve interactions with others, and enhance ones ability to succeed within all aspects of their lives.
Mathew regularly works with individuals that have lived through or been exposed to trauma, who experience a low mood, live with anxiety, have lives affected by substance use, or who have performance and personality-related issues. Whatever the reason for coming to therapy, Mathew looks to provide a supportive atmosphere in which individuals can hone their ability to engage mindfully, better manage emotions, increase their ability to tolerate distress, and effectively communicate with their loved ones, extended families, and even colleagues.
Mathew has specialized training in:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing;
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy;
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy;
Motivational Interviewing, and;
Mathew works in partnership with his clients to select the therapeutic approach that will support their desired movement towards change
Background & Education
Mathew is a registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers. He completed his Masters in Clinical Social Work through the University of Calgary in 2013 and qualified as a Substance Abuse Professional in 2014. He most recently completed the International Clinical Trauma & Resilience Summer Program at Hebrew University in Israel.
Prior to entering private practice, Mathew worked within a hospital setting assisting individuals with brain injuries and later with individuals with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. He has also worked with individuals and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder (child and adult diagnoses). He later went on to work in an independent psychiatric practice with a focus on drug and alcohol use, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and occupational health.
In his current practice Mathew regularly provides therapeutic services to members of Edmonton Police Services, Emergency Responders, Veterans and Health Care Professionals experiencing trauma and/or substance-related difficulties. He is an Adjunct Faculty Member with the Department of Psychiatric Nursing at MacEwan University, and regularly conducts independent assessments for individuals working in decision critical or safety sensitive positions.