Clint Matthews, MS, LPCA/LCASA
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA #A13253) and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate (LCASA #25347) in North Carolina. I earned my MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University in 2016 and my BFA in Theatre Arts from Western Carolina University in 2002.
I have worked with a diverse college student population helping clients address various mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, grief, and relationship issues in addition to helping students make informed academic decisions and set achievable career goals. I have also worked with a senior population at a continuing care retirement center providing counseling services in addition to working as a bio/neurofeedback assistant. I have most recently worked as a counselor helping clients achieve and maintain sobriety in a methadone clinic.
Current research indicates that the best predictor of positive client outcomes is the presence of a positive therapeutic alliance between counselor and client. Therefore, my primary focus will always be on creating a safe, trusting environment where it is possible to foster honest, professional relationships where clients feel free to identify their needs and develop strategies to meet those needs. My theoretical approach varies based on an individual client’s needs. In general, I find that cognitive behavioral therapy, brief solution-focused therapy, and person-centered therapy provide a good foundation and framework enabling clients to understand and get comfortable with the process of counseling. I also have interests in integrating existential approaches in addition to narrative therapy, positive psychology, mindfulness, and creative arts when appropriate. I am fascinated by how technology, both modern and ancient, such as bio/neurofeedback and aromatherapy, intersect with the counseling process.