He received his Bachelors Degree in Psychology at Weber State University, where he volunteered and did research with low income youth to help establish a safe place for kids and teens to be after school. Coincidentally, while working on his Bachelors Degree, he also worked at Crossroads Academy as a Direct Care Staff. This proved to be of great benefit experiencing many aspects of the kid's daily lives and connecting with them while participating in all of the recreational activity, academics, and daily living. Matt then left Crossroads in 2010 to pursue his Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work at Brigham Young University. His emphasis was on working with individuals with substance abuse problems and unhealthy family dynamics. After finishing his Masters Degree, Matt worked in an outpatient facility with teenagers and families. From there he went on to work with adolescents at the Oakley School and eventually becoming the Assistant Clinical Director, before joining the team at Crossroads.
Matt has experience working with adults in Substance Abuse Residential Treatment Centers, as well as doing crisis work and assessments at the Utah State Prison, but he is most passionate about working with adolescents and their families. One of the reasons Matt cares so much about working with teens is because he believes that they are at a very crucial turning point in their lives, and that they have such great potential to better their own futures.
Matt specializes in treating cognitive distortions, oppositional defiant behaviors, and addictive behaviors, as well as restructuring families, creating healthy boundaries, and teaching emotional regulation. Matt's primary modalities are cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution focused therapy. He finds that as he assists adolescents in gaining self-confidence, as well as establishing their own values, they then begin to live much happier lives. "It's no secret that adolescents don't like being told what to do, but I believe with the right guidance and a strong relationship, they can begin to establish a healthy version of who they want to be. This guidance and relationship is a cornerstone to what Crossroads allows to take place. The adolescent will begin to feel different about their choices, and at that point, internal change has begun to take place."
Born and raised in San Jose, California, in early 2007 Matt moved to Utah at the age of 22 to continue to pursue his goals of helping others. He has lived in Utah ever since, and loves all that it offers. When not with the boys of Crossroads, he loves being with his gorgeous wife Val and his two beautiful little girls, Berkley and Cecelia. Depending on the season, he enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, volleyball, watching football, and is usually up for any type of competition. But there is no denying, he really misses the days of scuba diving out in California.