Matthew McLean, MA, AMFT, Counseling in Encino, California, 91316

Matthew McLean, MA, AMFT

Matthew McLean, MA, AMFT
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Matthew McLean, MA, AMFT

Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision
Primary Credential: Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist - #87443
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 26705
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17777 Ventura Blvd
Encino, California 91316
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  • Accessible Parking
  • Wheelchair Accessible Building
  • Wheelchair Accessible Restroom

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I am an in-network provider for:

  • Aetna
  • United Behavioral Health

Fees: My fee is $140 per session. If you or someone you love needs help, please give me a call so we can talk about your situation and find a solution that works for you.

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Are you, your family, or someone you love struggling? I can help you learn to recognize and modify beliefs and behaviors holding you back. Experience has taught me the best thing you can do to help yourself is to take action; my job is to help you figure out what you want or need to do. From there, I will help you identify and develop the tools, resources, and motivation to enable you to do it. The idea is that small changes really can and do lead to big results--I see this happen every day in my practice. Together we will develop strategies to help you cope and thrive.

You know you cannot keep doing what you are doing and expect things to just fix themselves. For things to change, you will have to change them. For things to be different, things have to actually BE different. This is why you are here, reading this right now--and by doing so, you are already doing something different, something good for yourself. Together, we can help you identify and develop the resources you need to cope with the problems that brought you here today. Please send me an email or give me a call, and let's figure out how I can help.

Email or Call Matthew McLean, MA, AMFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 26705

More Info About My Practice

Our offices in Encino offer free parking in a private lot. I work with Change Within Reach, Inc. a professional clinical therapy group, under the supervision of Anna Gershelis, Ph.D., LCSW. I am an LGBTQ ally, and a firm believer in equality for everyone, regardless of race, age, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I provide confidential therapy services for individuals (adults and teens), couples, and families. There are many reasons people seek therapy, and some of the most common issues I can help with are listed below. If what you need help with is not listed below, I may still be able to help you. However, if I cannot, I will tell you right away so you can find the help you need.

* Couples: improving communication, connecting, growing apart, betrayal, resentment, anger, frustration, repairing, revitalizing, codependency, roles, crisis counseling, big changes (e.g. job loss, relocation, grief/loss, illness, empty nest, etc.), premarital counseling, parenting and co-parenting, ending a marriage/relationship gracefully and compassionately (minimizing collateral damage), and post-relationship counseling (including learning to co-parent with your ex).

* Families: relationships, crisis counseling, troubled teenagers (e.g. isolating, acting out, falling grades, anger, defiance, getting in trouble, etc.), parenting and co-parenting, divorce, blended families, grief/loss, relocating, changes in the family system (additions, losses, etc.; e.g. the in-laws are moving in, mental or physical illness), and managing the family business (I have an extensive entrepreneurial/business background).

* Individuals (adults and teens): managing/improving relationships with your: parents, children, partner/spouse, siblings, friends, boss, coworkers, teachers, etc., mood disorders (depression, anxiety, etc.), adjustment disorders, relationship/divorce recovery, identity development, self-esteem, self-advocating, coming out, major life changes, stage-of-life issues, ending a relationship, recovering from past abuse, stress management, gender identity, finding your way/feeling "lost" (e.g. "What do I want to do with my life?"), loneliness/isolation, anger management, grief and loss, and finding a path that makes you truly happy. Helping people build the self-esteem needed to love themselves and take control of their lives are key aspects of my work.

Additional specialties:

* LGBTQ: I work with people of all sexual and gender orientations. I am a vocal ally, and have extensive experience working with LGBTQ adults and teens. About half of my clients consider themselves part of the LGBTQ population.

* Executives and business owners: before becoming a therapist, I spent two decades in the business world as business/systems analyst, project manager, and entrepreneur (I still do a bit of OM and SP consulting). This means I understand the world of business people and executives. I get what it is like to have a terrible boss, dealing with workplace bullies, not wanting to fire someone you like, moving up the ladder and finding yourself suddenly managing your peers, RIFs, bad management, and dealing with people who need a lot of coaching. I understand the stress of having direct reports and being responsible for a department, a major project--or an entire organization. If your job stresses you out, comes home with you and keeps you up at night, or has become so much of your identity that you can't remember how to have actual fun anymore--I get it. I can help you learn to manage stress and make life decisions you feel good about at work, and at home.

*Entertainment Industry professionals: I work with people from many areas of the industry: cast, crew, executives, production, management, actors, artists, filmmakers, musicians, writers, etc., from PA to EP, from talent to showrunners, and beyond. I understand the demands your profession places on you--and your family. I understand the 70 hr weeks, 4:00 am calls, production cycles, hard decisions, and endless uncertainty a career in the industry brings to your life. Most of the industry is not glamorous--it is a tough, grueling life which takes a lot out of you. I can help you find healthy ways to manage the stress and anxiety of the industry lifestyle, help you take care of yourself properly, get enough sleep, and prioritize what precious free time you do have so you can lead a happy, healthy life.

My Role as a Therapist

My role as therapist is to be in your corner, helping you address the issues that brought you to therapy. I can help you figure out why you are "stuck", and help you identify and utilize resources and strategies to get you unstuck. We will work together to help you make the changes necessary to create the life you really want. When challenges seem to block your path, I can help you regroup, heal, take stock, set goals, and take specific action to move forwards towards those goals.

A word about couples and families: I can help you identify patterns in relationships which impact the ability to function in a healthy manner, and help you learn to create and enjoy a fulfilling relationship. Couples often need guidance to reconnect, repair their relationship, or rediscover why they got together in the first place. Couples and families are like complex machines (picture the engine in a car) which require all their parts to function properly so it can work effectively. If something is broken or missing, the machine may need adjusting or repair so it can work properly again. Navigating such challenges is my primary specialty: I am specifically trained to help people with all aspects of the relationships in their lives: family, intimate, social, career, and most importantly, with themselves.

About working with teens: I greatly enjoy helping teens learn to manage the emotions and pressure they experience on a daily basis. Learning to juggle school, homework, parents, relationships, the staggering pressure of (sometimes unwanted) life choices, peer pressure, social lives, gender identity, and developing a solid overall identity they like can become overwhelming. Teenagers have one job: to figure out who they are and successfully navigate the minefield of adolescence so they can grow into that person and emerge as a healthy, whole adult. I consider helping teens navigate their stressful, complicated lives one of my most important roles as a therapist. This is more than a specialty--it is an area of genuine interest. My graduate school thesis was: "Resilience In Adolescents Following Parental Divorce Or Separation". Working with teens is an extremely important aspect of my practice, and I approach it with an open mind, hope, enthusiasm, and of course, plenty of patience.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

One of the the most important factors contributing to your success in therapy is the relationship you build with your therapist. To determine whether you may be a good fit, I suggest giving the therapist a call and have a chat to get a feel for them. If you think they may be a good fit, schedule an initial session. You will be able to tell pretty quickly (likely within a couple sessions), if you may be a good fit to work together.

So, what makes a good fit? How effectively you work together depends on a number of factors, including your personalities. Using the first few sessions to try each other out is a normal part of the process of choosing a therapist, and you should not feel badly if it turns out a therapist is not right for you. If either of us feels we are not meshing well, let's talk about it. If needed, I can try and help you find someone who may be better for you. Making sure you get the help you need, in a manner that works for you, is what matters most to both of us.

The therapist's specializations are also important, as these areas are typically where they have the most knowledge and experience. My specialties are covered in this page, and more information is available on my website.

A high-quality education matters. I have two psychology degrees from highly-regarded private schools here in California: California Lutheran University (BA, Psychology, honors), and Phillips Graduate Institute University (MA, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy). My BA in psychology from CLU thoroughly prepared me for graduate-level psychology coursework, and allowed me to explore the various areas of the psychology field before selecting a specific graduate degree to pursue my primary area of interest: relationships, self-esteem, and mental health disorders.

I look forward to hearing from you, and to finding out how I can be of service to you. Please give me a call or send me an email, and let's find out if we are a good fit.


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Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Families, couples, individuals, adults, adolescents, elders, LGBTQ

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Behaviorism
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

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