Matthew Hutchinson, LSW

Therapist

It’s all too common for LGBTQIA+ folks to doubt ourselves or face mental health struggles. It’s natural to experience unhelpful patterns or symptoms when we’ve experienced trauma. We may feel disconnected, chronically stressed, withdrawn, or depressed. We engage in unhealthy patterns of behavior and self-talk and we may become unsure of who our “authentic self” is because we become stuck in “survival mode”.

I prefer to view these symptoms as inner parts who need our attention and care. When these inner parts are healed, they help us get out of “survival mode” creating more space for our creativity, peace, confidence, and joy.

My therapeutic approach is eclectic, drawing from Internal Family Systems (IFS), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and solution-focused orientations. My goal is to help clients tend and befriend the parts of themselves that need support and healing.

As an LGBTQIA+ competent relationship minority-affirming therapist, I believe it is important to not only affirm but to be knowledgeable about LGBTQIA+ identities and queer/trans mental health including the subtleties of being a queer person in our society. I take a warm and empathetic approach with my clients, prioritizing their overall well-being and place great importance on building a genuine and meaningful therapeutic relationship through authenticity, humor, and compassion.