Hello, I am Matthew Barnes and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I received my training both at University of Utah where I got my Bachelor’s in Positive Psychology and Utah State University where I received my Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree.
I am certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy DBT, and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) modalities. I also highly emphasize Systems Theory in which I help my clients to recognize and understand how their environment and past shape who they are and how to navigate these complex systems to work out problems and to see long term results. I understand mental health challenges are complex and unique to each situation and treatment must be specially tailored to the client(s) for optimal results.
When working in matters regarding sexual problems I understand the fear, embarrassment and shame that can accompany these issues. I strive to create a judgement free zone in which clients can freely express themselves as well as explore solutions together in a matter that is both empowering and healing to the client(s).
In addition to sex therapy, I also have extensive training in treating several other types of severe mental health challenges including Suicidal Ideation, PTSD, Domestic Violence, and Substance Abuse.