Matthew Christian, MSW

Email: mchristian@insightactiontherapy.com

Matt is a license eligible therapist working under the supervision of Insight Into Action’s Clinical Director Cyndi Turner. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from George Mason University and his Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Matt aims to create a warm, compassionate and open therapeutic environment and believes fostering a genuine connection with clients to be of the utmost importance in the therapeutic process.

Matt has close to ten years of experience working in the behavioral health field, much of which centered on facilitating behavioral interventions for young adults on the autism spectrum. He worked at the Human Emotions Research Lab at George Mason University where he conducted clinical research and contributed to the lab’s publications. Matt has experience doing outpatient mental health counseling with adolescents and their families and founded the DBT Skill Building group at the Henrico County Community Services Board. He also has provided case management services for vulnerable populations in the greater Richmond area. In addition, he has given presentations and training to Henrico behavioral health staff on using mindfulness as a tool to protect against worker burn-out and compassion fatigue.

Matt stresses the importance of honoring the uniqueness of each individual, rather than viewing people through the lens of a particular diagnosis or label. He believes that suffering and periods of crisis, while very difficult, can be an opportunity for personal growth and self-discovery.

Matt utilizes a strengths-based approach that leverages clients’ innate and acquired abilities and resiliency in the process of recovery. He uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills in a practical, solution-focused way. Matt has extensive experience as a practitioner and student in several meditation traditions and tries to incorporate mindfulness and meditation when appropriate and if clients are interested in doing so.

In his personal life, Matt enjoys sports, staying active, and records, mixes and masters albums for blues musicians.