Matthew McDaniel

PhD (candidate), Registered Clinical Counsellor

“In the cave you fear is the treasure you seek.” Joseph Campbell

Specialties

  • Depression & anxiety
  • Grief
  • Self-esteem
  • Trauma
  • Abuse & neglect
  • Men’s issues

Approaches

  • Mindfulness
  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-informed psychotherapy
  • Sensorimotor psychotherapy
Before beginning work as a therapist, Matthew was primarily a community mental health worker within Vancouver’s Downtown East-Side. Through this work Matthew learned to connect with people in a variety of contexts, with a range of challenges and problems. Matthew practices an integrated and eclectic experiential approach to counselling; everyone is unique, everyone is living a unique experience, and the more that experience can be acknowledged and a made visible the better. Matthew is a firm believer in meeting you where you are, attempting to see life through your eyes, and collaborating together on how to best move forward and thrive.
Matthew is currently a doctoral candidate in counselling psychology at the University of British Columbia. With a research focus on the experiences of front-line mental health workers, his goal is to support the overall health and sustainability of these workers through research and practice that identifies protective factors and increases healthy coping responses. In addition, Matthew has training and experience working with trauma, depression, anxiety, life-transition, relationship challenges, occupational challenges, and grief and loss in both individual and group counselling settings.

Your Questions

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How many sessions does therapy take?

Growth and healing are best viewed as a journey that you learn to live, instead of a cure that you take like a pill. For this reason, everybody is different. We often find that 4 – 8 sessions accomplish a great deal of relief. With that said, clients may experience transformation within a few sessions or realize there is something bigger they want to work on longterm.

How often should I come?

When possible, it’s a great idea to come in every week or two when getting started. The biggest first step is building the trust and safety that allows good work to be done. Once this occurs, clients often space out appointments to a month or more, or take breaks from counselling altogether.

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Does insurance cover your fees?
Registered Clinical Counsellors are covered under most Extended Health Plans, but always call or check online to ensure your plan covers counselling specifically.
What is a session like?

You will be greeted in a waiting room that offers espresso, tea and water, before joining your counsellor in a comfortable sound-proofed room. You will be met with warmth and respect before you are guided through the process of informed consent so that there is total transparency. Your counsellor will get to know you so that the therapy is specially fitted to you as a unique person. All activities will be explained fully and nothing will ever happen without your consent and awareness.