Mat Chirman

My approach to therapy….

Since 1999 I have worked successfully with adult clients dealing with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, abuse issues, personality issues, drug and alcohol abuse/dependence, and other relationship and mental health concerns. I specialize in and enjoy working with challenging problems that have been resistant to change. I have advanced training in Cognitive Therapy, and I use a variety of therapeutic approaches including mindfulness, skills building, stress reduction and psycho-education, and "anything that works", all within a context that is supportive, client-centered, and recovery focused.

I respect the strengths and knowledge that my clients bring with them to the therapy process. You are the expert in what will work in your life situation. I see my role as one of offering alternative perspectives, helping you develop life and relationship-enhancing skills, and supporting you in making positive changes in your life.

I have been happily married for 23 years and have two children, one adult and one teen. My interests include hiking, natural history, cooking and baking, and organic gardening.

My education and training....

I completed my Masters of Science Degree in Community Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I hold a second Masters of Science in Educational Leadership.I am a Diplomate in Cognitive Therapy of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I am a Standard Level Certified Individual Schema Therapist. I have additional specialized training and experience in the treatment of mental illness.

My specialized experience....

I am trained in treating both victims and perpetrators of intimate partner abuse and violence, and in the related field of anger management. Over the last 15 years I have facilitated treatment groups for clients with Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Panic/Anxiety Disorders.

My licensing and professional affiliations…

I am licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist (# 39579) and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (#551). I am a National Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors (Certificate # 57159).I maintain a clinical membership in the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (#59707), the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors(#5260376) and the International Society of Schema Therapy (#US000711) .

For more information, visit these websites:

Psychology Today

Counseling California

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT): Central Coast Chapter

California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors

International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI): California Chapter