Matthew J. Martenson, MS Ed., LMHC
Western Illinois University
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Licensed in Mental Health Counseling
by Iowa Board of Behavioral Science
Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP)
Specialties: Anxiety disorders, Treatment and support of individuals with Congenital and Acquired Disabilities and their caregivers.
Proficiencies: Relationships, Depression and Anxiety
Before coming to QC Counselor, Matthew worked in the non-profit industry for 10 years providing job training and career counseling to individuals with all types of physical, intellectual, developmental disabilities as well as those living with chronic mental illness. For Matthew, helping individuals and families realize and employ their strengths while connecting with unique and wonderful people has been the most fulfilling part of working within this field. While working with this population, it was clear that services were underutilized while concerns and troubles were plentiful. Matthew’s mission for his clients is to help the defeated find hope through a strengths-based approach built on acceptance and belief in one’s own capacity to change and grow.
In 2017, Matthew received his Master’s degree from Western Illinois University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and completed a 9-month internship with a large hospital system in an outpatient counseling setting. Drawing upon cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and person-centered techniques; Matthew worked with children, adolescents, adults and families seeking relief from anger, posttraumatic stress, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, schizophrenia and thought disorders, and issues stemming from life transitions.
In October 2019, Matthew obtained certification as a Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional through the Institute of Certified Anxiety Treatment Professionals (ICATP).
Matthew enjoys spending free time with his wife and 4 children, reading, fishing, and woodworking.