Matthew Pearl, LCSW

Matthew Pearl, LCSW

Professions: Counseling, Clinical Social Work
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - L2960
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 23295
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2408 SE 16th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97214 - United States
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My intention as a counselor is to create a welcoming and respectful atmosphere for the individuals I meet that are searching for positive change in their lives. As a social worker I believe that problems are best understood by exploring all aspects of a person's life. Self-defeating patterns are not easy to change. Counseling provides a safe place to have the difficult thoughts and feelings that can show up when change becomes necessary. I take a strengths-based, solution-focused approach in my work. It's my belief that individuals contain within them the resources necessary to overcome difficulties and reach their highest potential. The challenge is removing the barriers-- like avoidant feelings and negative thinking-- that gets in the way of moving forward in a direction that leads to a purposeful, fulfilling life.

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More Info About My Practice

I received a MSW degree at UCLA in 1997 and I've been a licensed clinical social worker in Oregon since 2000. I am also a certified spiritual director. I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families on a variety of issues including problems with mood, anxiety, stress, communication, substance abuse, parenting, and life transitions. I'm located in Ladd's Addition in Southeast Portland. I see clients on Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:30am-7:30pm. I accept most insurance and I'm on a number of Employee Assistance Program (EAP) panels. Fees range from $80-$120.

My Therapy Focus

I have received training in and primarily use an evidence-based practice called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The purpose of this model is to increase capacity to have feelings (instead of avoid them) and improve the ability to observe thinking (instead of being at the effect of it). The ACT model incorporates mindfulness skills to improve a person's ability to act in ways that are consistent with what's important to them. Special areas of experience and interest include: recovery from your own addiction problem or the effect of another's, resolving issues related to sexual orientation/coming out, challenges with parenting children and teens, and improving communication between couples, partners, and family members.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Coaching

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Breakup
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Irritability
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Values Clarification
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Parent Work
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Solution Focused Therapy

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