Please join us in welcoming Matt Sutera, MHP to Thrive Therapy. We are so excited to have him join our team and are fortunate to have his resources included here. In order to get to know Matt and his approach better we asked him a few questions:
Tell us a little about your background:
I am a recent graduate of the University of St. Thomas. I have worked and continue to work with families and individuals doing in-home therapy and skills and have worked with them on a variety of concerns including relationship conflict, abuse and neglect, substance use/abuse, sibling conflict, communication, parenting skills, and others. I also have a fair amount of experience working with substance abuse in a variety of populations. I have worked with adult males with co-occurring trauma and chemical dependency as well as chemically-dependent adolescent individuals of all genders.
What drew you to the field of psychology?
While psychology wasn’t always my first choice, I can always remember being drawn to the helping professions. I entered college with goals of eventually applying for medical school, but my plans morphed after taking a psychology class. I became enthralled at the complexities of the human mind and emotions. Additionally, with the field of psychology being so far-reaching I have been exposed to countless opportunities and areas in which I can practice.
What are your areas of concentration? Why?
My areas of concentration would be working with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD and trauma-related disorders, substance abuse, conduct and oppositional defiant disorder and the LGBTQIA population. These areas are simply ones in which I have the most clinical experience, however, I welcome individuals of any gender, age, background, race, ethnicity, and class as well as individuals with any presenting concern.
What do you do in your spare time? For fun?
In my spare time I enjoy reading, spending time outdoors, volunteering my time, discovering new things to do in the Twin Cities area, and spending time with my boyfriend, friends, and family.
How would you describe your therapeutic approach?
My approach is largely person-centered and combines aspects of several styles of therapy. A large part of my practice is founded in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in that I work with clients to identify negative or maladaptive thoughts they have about themselves and others and subsequently modify them to fit their personal life. To supplement this I utilize techniques such as narrative therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). However, at the core of my practice is always meeting the client where there are at, meaning that I ultimately let the client and their presenting concerns guide the session.
What is really important to you personally? Professionally?
Openness to experience is very important to me both personally and professionally. I firmly believe that we do the most productive work just outside of our respective comfort zones. Positivity is also important in all areas of my life, because even being able to identify one minute positive aspect about the day has the potential to overpower all other negativity. Finally, acceptance and embracing of one’s faults or differences is one of the most empowering and important things that helps guide both my personal and professional lives. So often we become hung up on our differences or perceived faults that we forget that everyone is imperfect.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“The only real prison is fear; and the only real freedom is freedom from fear”. –Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese stateswoman and political prisoner
—Matt Sutera, MHP is a Mental Health Practitioner providing counseling services at Thrive Therapy in Burnsville, MN. If you would like more information about Matt or would like to set up an appointment, please contact Thrive Therapy at your earliest convenience.