Matt Barnes obtained his Bachelor of Honors Psychology degree (2008) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Masters of Social Work degree (2011) from the University of Windsor. He is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
Matt provides individual, couples and family counselling. He works with youth and adults impacted by trauma, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, sports related issues, stress and a variety of cognitive, behavioral and social issues.
Additionally, Matt is an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) trained clinician. Matt’s training and education also includes crisis intervention models including: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Managing Aggressive Behaviours (UMAB, PMAB), and Critical Incident Group Debriefing (CIGD). Matt has also been trained in Gottman’s Method for couples, Emotion Focused Therapy Level 1 & 2, Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples, as well as a variety of training in the areas of grief/bereavement, trauma, dissociation, depression and anxiety. Matt utilizes an eclectic approach with his clients with a primary focus on Emotion Focused Therapy and EMDR Therapy.
Matt is passionate about helping clients achieve health and wellness through the use of alternative and complementary forms of therapy which include; exercise, outdoor recreation, art/music therapy, meditation, legacy work, play therapy and sensory-based activities.