Matt is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™, and the Associate Clinical Director at Compass Behavioral Health specializing in treating children, adolescents, and young adults with intense emotionality, depression, anxiety, self-injurious behavior, Borderline Personality traits and other conditions.
As Associate Clinical Director, Matt oversees Compass' clinical policies, quality assurance, and adherence to DBT treatment procedures. In this capacity, he works with an overall goal of maintaining Compass' high standards for quality treatment by directly working with Compass' clinical staff to provide oversight and ensure positive treatment outcomes. He has worked to directly develop Compass' medical record system, which enables clinicians to provide high quality, timely, and coordinated care with patients. Additionally, he works to ensure all medical record documentation requirements are met by Compass' clinicians in a timely manner. Matt also serves as Compass' HIPAA compliance officer.
Matt is a DBT-Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™ and has been comprehensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) through Compass Behavioral Health. He provides therapy for individuals and their families, skills coaching, and co-facilitates Compass' DBT Skills Training groups. A team of coding and therapy adherent professionals review his therapy treatment plans and clinical videos and he receives expert consultation from Dr. Clive Robins, DBT Training Director at Duke University. Dr. Melanie Harned, Research Director at Dr. Linehan's lab at the University of Washington, has intensively trained Matt in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) in a DBT framework. He has been intensively trained to provide Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Children (DBT-C) by the treatment's developer, Dr. Francheska Perepletchikova. Matt has also been comprehensively trained as a Family Connections (FC) Leader by Dr. Alan Fruzzetti, FC treatment developer, in alliance with the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality. Additionally, Matt has been intensively trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E) through Oxford's Center for Research on Eating Disorders.
Matt has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with emotion dysregulation. He has worked with several different populations providing behavioral therapy and interventions. Before joining Compass, Matt provided Applied Behavioral Analysis to children and teens with Autism and other presenting conditions, working in home, school, and community settings. He also provided parent training for families, helping them to both cope effectively with a wide range of issues while also supporting their child throughout the treatment process. He completed his Graduate School Practicum at the Eli Home for Abused and Neglected Families, where he provided individual and group therapy to victims of domestic violence. Matt also taught the shelter's "Safe People" class, which focuses on forming boundaries and creating long-lasting relationships.
Among his other accomplishments, Matt participated in research at the University of California Irvine (UCI) that measured the relationship between Betamethasone intake during pregnancy and infant temperament. He helped the program facilitate its "Stranger Danger" situation scenario. He also collected research data at UCI and participated in weekly program updates and video coding adherence for therapists.
Matt's degrees and training includes:
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine
- Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology
- Registered member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
- Comprehensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Intensively trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
- Intensively trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E)
- Trained in DBT-Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE) by Dr. Melanie Harned, Ph.D
- Intensively trained in DBT for Children (DBT-C) by Dr. Francheska Perepletchikova, Ph.D
- DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified DBT Clinician™, 2019