Matthew McLean, MA, MFTI
|Professions: Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy|
|License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision|
|Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern - IMF 87443|
Billing and Insurance
Fees: I accept Visa, Master Card, Discover, check or cash payment. As well, a significant portion of the cost for therapy may be covered by your PPO health insurance (this is the most common kind of employer-provided health insurance). My office (Change Within Reach, Inc.) works with PPO insurance companies as an out of network provider.
Within reason, I also offer a sliding scale to those who need it. If you need help, you need help--that is why you are here, and it is also why I am here. If you or someone you love needs help, please give me a call and we can talk about your situation.
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Experience has taught me that small changes can produce BIG results. I can help you learn to recognize and change patterns in your life and figure out how to cope--and then thrive, amidst the pressure and challenges of our stressful, frustrating world. I offer safe, confidential, and effective therapy for issues related to families, relationships, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, divorce, life-stage issues, and codependency. I can also help with grief and trauma, as well as adjustment, mood and personality disorders.
For things to be different, things have to BE different. If you are reading this, you are already doing something good for yourself. or someone you love. Together, we can figure out what to do differently to improve your relationships and other areas of your life. We can identify and develop the resources needed to cope with the problems that brought you to this page today. Please give me a call to discover how I can help.
I work with families, couples, and individuals (including adults, adolescents, and elders). I am also an ally and a firm believer in equality for everyone, regardless of race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.
Email or Call Matthew McLean, MA, MFTI at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 26705
More Info About My Practice
My primary office is located on Ventura Blvd in Encino near White Oak. I believe it should be easy for you to actually get to your therapist. For this reason, my offices are on the ground floor (no stairs required) of a modern, professional office building, close to the 101 freeway (White Oak exit). Parking is always free in our private lot. If you do not drive, there is a bus stop in front of the building. I work with Change within Reach, Inc. a professional clinical therapy group, under the supervision of Anna Gershelis, Ph.D., LCSW. We have a second office location on Jones Way in Simi Valley next to Simi Valley hospital.
My Role as a Therapist
As a Solution-Focused, Narrative and Family Systems therapist, I specialize in helping people find the strength and resources needed to make lasting changes in their lives. In my work with individuals, couples, and families facing challenges, I am a facilitator and guide, helping you learn, explore, discover, and grow. I can help you discover and make the most of the tools in your toolbox, and develop new ones if needed.
My role as a therapist is to be in your corner. I can help you identify patterns and problems, formulate effective strategies for reducing their impact on your life, and help you move past them into the life you want and deserve.
This might mean helping you figure out what makes you happy in terms of a career, and then developing a fulfilling career path. Or perhaps it involves helping you cope with depression or anxiety, or a lack of self-esteem/self-love. It may involve learning to adapt and live with a mental health disorder, or helping a couple or family cope with a crisis, loss, infidelity, or divorce. I promise to always give you 100% in my role as your therapist. Your well-being is my primary concern at all times.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Current research indicates the most important factor in success in therapy is the relationship between you and your therapist. How well you connect is key in determining how effective the therapeutic alliance between you will be. I encourage you to have a telephone conversation with any therapist you are considering before booking an appointment to get a feel for them. If they sound like someone you might want to try, book a session. You will be able to tell soon enough if you are going to click or not. Other factors you may wish to consider include the therapist's specialties, treatment modalities, education, and interests. For example:
- What areas does their practice focus on?
(Mine: relationships, mood, adjustment, and personality disorders, divorce recovery, families)
- What was the subject of their postgraduate thesis?
(Mine: "Resilience in Adolescents Following Parental Divorce or Separation")
- What are their professional interests?
(Mine: cultivating healthy, successful relationships, Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Borderline Personality Disorder, personal growth, neuroscience)
- Where did they go to school?
Both my undergrad and graduate degrees are in Psychology (this is important, as a solid psychology undergraduate degree creates a strong foundation upon which to build). I went to two excellent schools with very rigorous psychology programs: I completed my undergraduate psychology BA (honors) at California Lutheran University (CLU). I completed the highly-regarded postgraduate psychology program at Phillips Graduate Institute (PGI/PGU), where I received a Master of Arts in Psychology (Marriage and Family Therapy; concentration: Postmodern Therapies).
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I went through my parents' divorce as a teenager, and my own kids survived mine. This means I have experienced divorce first-hand from both ends of the stick, and have made recovering from divorce (for both adults and their teenage kids) one of my specialties. The subject of my MA-MFT thesis was: "Resilience in Adolescents Following Parental Divorce or Separation". Helping others get through it is a large part of why I became a therapist. This includes stress-management, depression, self-esteem, and growth work, as well as working with couples to improve their relationships before, during, and after, as well as avoiding divorce if possible/desired.
Other life experiences have also contributed to my personal and professional growth. These include: launching several successful companies, dealing with work/job stress (handling massive pressure, workloads, short deadlines, mean bosses), raising a family, parenting and co-parenting, immigrating to the US, going to graduate school as an adult, managing work-life balance, etc.
Services I Provide
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
I work with families, couples, individuals, adults, and teens (adolescents 11+), and am a LGBTQ ally.
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