At 21, Matthew sought out help for his own substance abuse problem and began to address his underlying issues that he could not figure out as a teenager. Matthew found new ways to cope with life and developed a deep passion for the recovery community. He spent 5 years working with adolescents who struggled with substance abuse and mental health problems, family and relationship issues, and legal charges. During the same time period, he attended Rutgers University and earned a Bachelor of Psychology and a Masters Degree in Social Work.
Matthew then began working with the adult population and focused his postgraduate work learning and refining a variety of therapeutic techniques used to help people in early recovery. He recognized that a lot of people have underlying/unresolved trauma and used substances to cope with life. Matthew realized that no single therapeutic intervention is applicable to all persons who struggle with addictions.
At Humble Beginnings, Matthew focuses on program and staff development. He works with therapists who specialize in a variety of therapeutic techniques in an effort to reach clients in different ways. Matthew encourages all of the clinicians at All In to take an individualized approach when treating clients. Matthew attempts to help each client identify both their strengths and core issues, while utilizing various applications of Cognitive Behavioral and Mindfulness based therapies paired with recommended outside community support group involvement to help individuals recover and develop new ways to cope with life.
Matthew is recognized by the State Of New Jersey as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).