Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light
- Albus Dumbledore
In-person (South Location), Telehealth
Offers in-person sessions Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at our south location
Matthew Dewit, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Matthew is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Texas and Ohio, a native Californian, he received his bachelor's and Master’s of Social Work from San Jose State University. Raised on a dairy farm, ethics and hard work are at the core of his practice. Matthew has provided care since 2009 in a number of settings, primarily community based mental health and outpatient medical facilities, but also within schools, veteran programs and hospitals. His trauma informed care includes an eclectic variety of Interpersonal neurobiology, Cognitive-Behavioral, Adlerian and Existential approaches.
A lover of gardening, his cats, painting and hiking, Matthew never misses an opportunity to scarf down a taco, sweat in the gym or set out on a travel adventure with his partner.
It’s no easy decision to move toward change, it takes courage and a willingness to self-reflect. Congratulations on taking the first step in building a richer and more fulfilling life. Therapy can foster skills to cope with personal difficulties or help heal wounds from our past. It can empower you to see your life journey in a more meaningful way, developing insight into your choices and relationships along with cultivating self-awareness to better manage hardships down the road.
How I Work
I am excited and honored to be your co-pilot. My goal is to be a trusted confidant, where we can explore your concerns, desires and aspirations in a safe, non-judgmental and compassionate space. You are the driver in our time together and we move at the pace you’re comfortable with. Honesty and transparency are very important. In working with me, you will always have an authentic, genuine and personable therapist.
We all have strengths and we are all more resilient than we think. I work with clients to identify a safe zone within themselves through Mindfulness and Interpersonal Neurobiology. Then drawing on elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, ACT, Existential and Adlerian Psychodynamic Therapy we develop a better understanding of yourself, your core values and what areas of your life you are wanting to impact. Lastly we work on the application of new skills and education to your life and relationships, modifying as we go along. Occasionally worksheets and homework will be offered to assist. I am profoundly interested in utilizing your strengths and maximizing that resiliency.
Therapy can foster skills to cope with personal difficulties or help heal wounds from our past. It can empower you to see your life journey in a more meaningful way
What made you decide to become a counselor?
After spending years in the medical field as a Social Worker, some of those involved a global pandemic, I wanted to switch gears and work with individuals longer, build a relationship, really tackle what was inhibiting their happiness. There are many wonderful components of working as a Social Worker in the medical field, but you rarely have the time to truly connect with a person and get deep into what they’re needing. I started my career in residential mental health facilities and I felt that it was time to come home, in a professional sense.
If you could teach the world one skill or technique to improve their lives, what would it be?
I think learning to pause 2 seconds before choosing or reacting to stimuli, then being able to bring that reaction to your higher brain and determine the best way to act. So often we humans react blindly and not thoughtfully, or intentionally. Learning to think and respond gently is a lesson that took me forever and a day to learn, plus it’s still a work in progress, but it’s been life changing.
Have you personally been in counseling and if so, what did you learn about yourself?
I’m glad to say that I have experienced counseling personally and I can honestly say that I plan on pursuing it more often. It’s incredibly important for every person to seek growth throughout our lives. I find that doing this with a neutral party that challenges me to look at things differently is a beneficial method. But I agree it’s hard, we stagnate, we’re distracted, life gets in the way. My own time in therapy was difficult, I think I learned that it was not going to move as fast or be as simple as I originally expected.
If you could recommend one book to all your clients, what would it be?
Mindsight by Dr. Dan Siegel. Trust me, it will help you understand how your mind works, for the good and the bad.
What inspires you to help others?
I love people, I love building relationships with them, laughing with them, supporting them, sharing and listening to their thoughts. A profound curiosity to get to know them. There’s also this very personal and natural want to help, to make sure they’re ok and in a good space.
Who is your ideal client?
A person who is motivated to look deeper, open to trying new techniques, willing to be vulnerable in a safe space, patient with themselves and lastly respectful of myself and the process we’ll work through.
How do you personally practice self-care?
I’m huge on nature. Being in nature, especially alone is massively therapeutic. I try to walk/hike a trail at least once a week. I also bike, work out at the gym, cook, paint and travel on adventures when I’ve saved enough pennies.
How do you relate to Mindfulness? How do you incorporate it in your sessions?
I see Mindfulness as the relationship you have with yourself, with your mind. This is often a relationship we forget to cultivate. Regarding therapy, Mindfulness can be very helpful to start sessions. It helps to ground us before the conversation, to prepare us to look deeper. It’s also hugely important with our daily activities and our interactions with others. Working to nourish that relationship with yourself would be the long term goal with our time together.
If you are hosting a dinner party, who are the 3 people you would invite and why?
Gosh, that’s a tough question!
Leonardo Da Vinci: This guy is a quadruple threat! He paints, he sculpts, he was an architect and he invented some of the most fascinating devices far before their time. I’m sure he would be a fantastic dinner party guest.
Catherine the Great: Her name literally has “Great” in it. Aside from that, she was one of the most incredible women in history, manufacturing a coup, a lover of Voltaire and a true forward thinking woman working to better the lives of millions of Russians.
Bette Midler: Mainly because she is wildly entertaining, has been one of my favorites since childhood and I’m a diehard Hocus Pocus fan.