Matthew Brooks, MSW, LICSW
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Approach | Matthew Brooks, MSW, LICSW

Areas of Practice | Matthew Brooks, MSW, LICSW

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Sexuality
  • LGBT issues
  • Relationships
  • Family conflict
  • Health issues, including HIV/AIDS
  • Substance abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Compulsive and addictive behaviors
  • Career changes and work issues

People begin psychotherapy for many different reasons. Some individuals need support during difficult periods, others want to resolve long-standing, unhappy relationship conflicts, and others struggle to make sense of reactions to loss or trauma. Other reasons include problems with assertiveness, difficulties with intimacy, addiction, or aggression. The depressions, fears, and anxieties behind such problems are often the result of patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that can be explored and understood in therapy.

Therapy can also help with addressing low self-esteem, working towards goals, and gaining greater satisfaction and flexibility in life. My job is to explore, with you, your understanding of yourself in a way that is honest, respectful and effective. This may mean offering feedback and questions, creating conditions for you to become more candid and secure with yourself, and helping you to work through resistance to change.

One of the first steps in therapy is to clearly assess your needs and develop the approach and plan that will best suit you. Psychotherapy can range from a specific, problem-focused consultation to a humanistic, collaborative approach designed to support deeper, more lasting behavioral and emotional change. The outcome of any experience in psychotherapy will depend on your expectations, the amount of time you give yourself, your comfort with the process, and the working relationship or 'goodness of fit' between us, among other factors.

I believe that psychotherapy offers unique possibilities for healing and growth. To learn more about how I work, or if you have questions about psychotherapy and how to choose the right therapist for you, please contact me.

2811 E. Madison Street, Suite 205C
Seattle, Washington 98112-4752
Phone:  (206) 234-9765
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