Matt Larson was recommended when I called the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute’s helpline looking for a therapist and fortunately he was a provider on my insurance plan. Call it fate, divine guidance, karma I’m grateful Matt came into my life. Contacting him for an appointment he rearranged his schedule to work with me. I felt comfortable meeting him, relieved someone genuinely cared about me, and believed his offer to help me work through my issues. Luckily, he’d gained my trust early and I had a therapist I could call in crisis the weekend my spouse died suddenly. He encouraged me to allow him to provide support as I worked through the difficult grieving process urging me to take my time so that I could heal. Matt’s years of experience, his engaging communication style, assurance, and commitment enabled me to develop insights and understanding to the issues for which I originally sought out therapy. He made an analogy seeing a psychotherapist was like going to a personal trainer only this time I’d be building emotional muscle. I’m on the other side now and happy being me. Matt’s more than my therapist, I’m pleased I can call him my friend. LM
I was living a normal happy life but was burdened at times by an undercurrent of intense emotion and hopelessness from some of my life experiences and challenges. I had read numerous self-help and therapy books throughout the years. While they were helpful on the surface I wasn't able to connect with my authentic self like I wanted. I was also unable to find complete healing until I came across Matt Larson’s name. I was drawn to Matt and his style of therapy. He has a tender way of easing the anxieties that arise from seeking therapy and that surface during therapy. I was so impressed by his memory and that he didn't hide behind a notepad, pen or desk. He engages, listens and listens some more. He walked with me through my fears and loneliness. He tailored his therapy for personal healing, growth and a discovery of my true self. By trusting Matt and the therapy process my relationships were strengthened and deepened, especially with my husband and children. Matt very subtlety and gently worked me through issues, pulling back the layers a little at a time for a lifelong healing. This healing has resulted in calmness to my core. I have referred many friends and family to Matt because of the transformation that they have witnessed in my life. He is capable of persevering through any trauma or issue with confidence and will do all that he can to help his clients. Matt has developed such a deep trust that if at any moment in my life I needed help I know that I could call him. SAL
Therapy with Matt Larson has taught me to learn to trust in myself and has given me the strength and confidence to know I am worth taking care of. Therapy has worked for me. It has given me opportunities to think about and discuss my feelings without having to worry about who it is impacting me or how I might be judged. It's great to know Matt is there ready to listen and help me explore anything I want to explore. WC
Matt has been my counselor for the past 3 years. I can’t say enough about how much he has helped me. It hasn’t always been easy; it isn’t a quick fix, but it does work. I’ve told everyone I know Matt is a “Jedi” counselor. It’s not just about talent though. Matt is the kind of counselor who is willing to go beyond; he’s there for you when you need him. That’s a big deal. Because I think in counseling a part of it isknowing how to help someone. Another part is more human, and I’ve always felt that Matt wasn’t just there for me because it was a job, but because he really cares.
When I first met Matt he made me so Mad!!!! But when we started talking he got so under my skin that I had to talk to him about the real issues. It was really hard but I know in my heart that he has made a tremendous difference in my life. He is an infuriating but amazing therapist. He is well worth it.
Amber Walker Richardson (14)
Why people should come to see Matt:
1) Very empathetic and non judgemental
2) Personable, neutral but non-threatening
3) Very knowledgable
4) Matt manages to be your friend without overstepping the bounds of counselor relationship.
He helps you to not be black and white and helps you talk about things. He helps you realize your anger is ok; but helps you better deal with your anger. He helps you learn about yourself. he doesn't wear his profession on his sleeve. He is a down to earth guy. he has related well to us.
Scott & Stephanie Richardson
The reason I see Matt is he makes me feel comfortable. He recognizes the reasons for you needing to talk your way through situations and helps you pinpoint what needs to be worked on. He is willing to see you whenever it's possible. Randi K.
Matt helped me get through a difficult time in my life. It had become like a living nightmare, and after working with him, I got back to loving life. I did not know how therapy would work and at times I struggled with it, but I am glad that I went and kept going until I could get through what was keeping me in darkness. Thank you, Matt, for the good work you do, and that you are there to help me and others as we go through turbulent times.
I would recommend Matt to anyone who's in need of help because he comes to you with open hands and takes you down a path of life that can show you more than a vision could even see! When the road becomes blind and scary, he's the guy that you could call on to help you find your way.
Matt helped me to dig myself out of a hole that i felt myself constantly sinking in. He helped me control my negative emotions and figure out what it was that made me feel negative and control it. I owe a lot to Matt Larson and appreciate everything he has done for me. N.E.
We first met Matt Larson back in 2014, when he was recommended to us by our son’spsychiatrist. My son has high functioning/mild autism and has been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. Since our first meeting with Matt, he has been helping not only my son but both me and my husband. Each one of us have unique needs and personalities. Matt has the ability to connect to each of us. He is very quick in recognizing what someone would connect with and he uses that ability to establish a good rapport with you. He has been able to connect with my autistic son and give him guidance as my son tries to navigate through life as an adult. The trust that Matt has achieved with my son has been short of miraculous. Trust is not something my son gives out freely, but it is there with Matt. He respects Matt’s opinion and I thinkto some extent tries to get his approval. In other words, I think my son cares if Matt approves of him or not. Raising a child with the mental and social challenges that I face is not easy. My husband was experiencing a great deal of anxiety and guilt not understanding what our son needs and how to parent him the most effective and loving way. Just a few times meeting with Matt, my husband was able to get past some of his guilt and conflicting emotions about our son and has been able to look at our son with a more objective eye. You can’t love autism away. For me, Matt has been life changing. I mean that with all sincerity. I was a broken defeated woman. Raising someone like my son is very difficult. I had devalued myself and my instincts. I questioned every decision that I would make. I withdrew into a shell and stopped living, I just existed. Matt has helped me by helping me understand what I needed to do to continue parenting my adult autistic son. His insight and knowledge is invaluable. Being able to have the level of support and knowledge that I receive from Matt has helped keep my son in our home and functioning in society. He also reinforced my instincts. Encouraging myeto trust them an building me up to where I would trust myself again. I started to realize that I do in fact have value and that I am of worth. I am so grateful to have a resource that Matt has become in my life and my family’s lives. His ability to connect with a person individually along with his experience and knowledge is why I highly recommend him for anyone needing or seeking a therapist.
Sincerely; and confidential.
Matt is very empathic and willing to help you through your issues at your own pace. He has a great, kind and professional demeanor and i wouuld recommend him to anyone!
I would recommend matt larson because i was going through some tough situations in my life. I came in thinking that none of this would help and it was just crazy to me. But once I gave it a chance and started believing in myself and that somebody is willing to listen to my problems and help me through it, all the problems faded away. I now realize that emotions are good to have in a healthy lifestyle and matt larson helped me to realize that by being a friend. So to him I say thank you.
As myself, a healthcare professional, I never thought I would be in need of mental health help. I always thought I was above it and somehow immune. When i received my mental health diagnosis I was devastated I thought it meant I would never be able to return to my profession. I thought it meant I would always be broken or somehow less of a person. Having a guide to walk you through the path on mental health spectrum was the most valuable tool I found (along with SSRI’s) The work I did with Matt Larson helped me find myself, become mentally strong, and able to deal with the unsteadiness of my mental health disorder. I returned to my profession a better more understanding person then when I started my career. I am forever thankful for his talent and professional aptitude.
-K. Brooke Fisher R
I was having a hard time dealing with my husbands addiction to pornography and his ridged personality. My marriage was failing. I knew I needed help sorting out my feelings. I was hesitant when I first decided to seek help. Matt helped me find my voice and understand myself. Matt listened and gave me good advice. I am now a much more confident person. I love the new me that Matt helped me discover. I would highly recommend him. M.S. 11-10-2016
This is why I wouuld recommend Matt. he really connected with me and getting me to open up and communicate about mmy feelings. In doing so it has really helped me deal with my anxiety and depression. Thanks Matt, you are the best! D.B.
I was having a hard time dealing with my husbands addiction to pornography and his ridged personality. My marriage was failing. I knew I needed help sorting out my feelings. I was hesitant when I first decided to seek help. Matt helped me find my voice and understand myself. Matt listened and gave me good advice. I am now a much more confident person. I love the new me that Matt helped me discover. I would highly recommend him. MS
I would recommendd Matt to anyone who wants someone to really listen to them. Matt always was attentive to what I was feeling and really cared about me. I didn't feel like i wouThld feel comfortable opening up to someone so quickly but with Matt it was easy. So if you need someone to trust, Matt is your guy....Thank You Matt
Matt was referred to me and after an initial phone call, and noticing I was in crisis, quickly made time to see me. Moving to Utah and starting a new life had taken a toll on me. That coupled with relationship problems had taken me to a dark place where I felt there was no return and that I was not worthy of anything better. I spent many years discussing these issues and with his kind words, intent listening and providing me tools to cope with my issues I realized my life did not have to be so difficult, nor did I have to internalize as much as I had. He was there for me when the relationship ended and helped me realize that it was for the best, and that my life was so much more than just that situation. I continued to see Matt for almost two years after that. Just talking through regular, work, and daily issues he gave me more tools to live a happier, healthier life and to regard myself as the worthy person I was, the person we all are. Had my life not changed and taken me to a new state and city I would still be making appointments and enjoying time with Matt. He cares deeply for those he helps and became the friend I could, and would, always turn to. I thank Matt for my happy life every day and could not be more proud to have him in my corner. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that if I were to contact him right now with an issue, even as far away as I am now, he would make time to help me and support me. DA
Matt is the best therapist I have seen so far. He is very respectful and helpful. He lets you talk about anything and everything you need with excellent listening skills. After not so great experiences with previous therapists, he turned my opinion around. I would recommend him to anyone who asks me. NW
I have been seeing Matt for 2 years-weekly appointments. The progress I have seen and the skills i have gained have changed my life for the better. He is very compassionate-he takes the time to process before responding, showing he genuinely care. I have had to text him before and during a crisis and he repsonds right back.
He is easy to talk to, non-judgemental and his experience shines through during sessions.
He has been a solid asset to my tools to bettering myself. Talking to Matt has been a highlight of my week for a while because I feel clarity and lighter after our sessions.
His appointment availability is gr-he works at two locations and works morning to evening.
I would recommend Matt to anyone looking for change-it starts within and Matt can help light that fire. He is a warm character and easy to talk to!
This is why I would recommend you to go see Matt. He always reminds you of your appointment the day before which always made me feel like he was thinking of me. he always checked up me Making sure I was doing ok and wanted me to tell him my feelings. Even though he has many clients, he always remembered everything we talked about. Remembered names, dates, events, etc. Made me feel like he really listened and paid attention to what I was saying. I'm going to miss talking to him, but he keeps relationships and keeps up on ya...
You really get to know your patients so you can put things in ways they understand. For me, being an athlete, when we'd be going on a session and you stopped me when I was going, it actually angered me, but then you compared it to working out. You can't just go, go, go. You have to pace yourself and give yourself time to rest to get the best results. That was when my turn around started. You understand that some sessions we would just talk about things going on in the world. That would take my mind off stuff. And your book analogy for relationships made sense for me too. That chapter is over, put in on a shelf. It's there, it was good, but time to move on. Then the last time I really broke down when I thought I was doing well, explaining that i was getting the last of it out. After that session everything got better and better. Even with moving out of state I wouldn't hesitate to call to have a phone session.
Matt: I wanted you to see this. It's a copy of what i posted to social media about you.
"Six looking years ago, I had the surgery that knocked my feet out from under me in every way possible.
It took me a month to recover physically. It took a good 2+ years (and a forfeited $400 deposit) to get over the fact that my body wasn't physically well enough to go to Bali and Africa for 3 months.
The combination threw me into the deepest, darkest, most difficult depression of my life. Which happens to really say something as I have had chronic depression since my 20's and have had 3 other major, acute depressive episodes before. It triggered so much anxiety that I was almost non-functional in most aspects of my life. It took until 3 years ago before I was able to manage half the shit that I needed to.
I had had suicidal experiences before but NOTHING compared to this last time. I truly did not see how I was going to get out. EVERYTHING took too much effort and exhausted me. Even just getting out of bed, let alone brushing my teeth drained me. And EVERYTHING was painful: physically, mentally, and emotionally. Even the good stuff! Actually, sometimes especially the good stuff. Even tiny good things like a flower, a travel photo, or an old beloved song actually made things worse. Mostly because they were excruciating reminders of how far away I was from experiencing joy from even those little things.
My children watched me suffer and they suffered themselves because that's what depression does to families. My siblings and parents also to an extent. And close friends who knew and wanted to help but couldn't do much other than listening and standing beside me emotionally.
The ONLY thing that kept me (barely) alive was the thought of my kids being without a momma. Although, even that lost most of its sway when I could see what my state was doing to them.
I owe my life to my therapist, quite literally. It took long years but he became the kind, patient, non-judgemental voice in my head who kept me here. He has endured with me through endless sessions of anguish, repetition, emotional breakthroughs and breakdowns. And now through rediscovered joy and the ability to live and love.
With him, I have gained emotional skills I never imagined I would. The deep, dark, sucking void was just too great, and the life I had lived until a few years ago was based on sheer willpower to push through. When the willpower gave out along with everything else in me, there was literally nothing left to rely on. It has taken way too long to gain skills I should have gained as a child and didn't. The shame of not being able to take care of myself -- or to heal within a reasonable time (whatever that means) -- took most of the time and effort expended for all those therapy sessions.
I still see him at least monthly to keep me aligned and not withdrawn into myself completely. It's still a struggle many days to reach out, to him or others, let alone expend energy outside of taking care of me.
But I have come soooo far and I am proud as fuck about it. In the last year alone, I've tackled more life things than I did in the entire 5 years before that. They were all rather large-ticket items that sometimes kicked my emotional butt...but I did it. And I didn't wipe myself out doing so because I had help, because I stopped pushing through when my body told me to, and because I rested until I was ready again to move forward. Life in the U.S. doesn't generally teach that lesson. In fact, quite the opposite. I don't even miss the old, Type A me anymore because she was so unhealthy. I miss the results sometimes, but I've learned to accept a different standard as more than enough.
I am a drastically different person today than I was those 6 years ago when I dreamed of Africa and of learning photography well enough to go pro. Neither of those things happened. And I am so okay with that because I still ended up where I wanted to be: true to myself, finding a way to live that wasn't excruciating every day, and being on a life-long path of increasing freedom in all its forms.
As most of you know, I recently changed my name. The new name reflects this drastic change and, despite how odd it still feels sometimes for myself and others, it seems appropriate that this aspect also means getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. After all, that has been one of the biggest lessons learned and gained skill sets. That and about a million other lessons.
If you've stayed with this word vomiting this far, you are most likely one of my people and I Thank You for staying with me on this journey, even though for many years it was probably from afar while I caved in on myself and learned how to crawl again.
I don't think will ever be over this last trip down the rabbit hole. But then, that's kind of the point of rabbit holes, isn't it? We change while we're down there and we're never again the same. And that is sooooo okay."
I recommend Matt Larson as a therapist. He has helped me in so many ways. When I first came to him I was suffering with severe anxiety and depression. I was unable to cope with family problems and would just keep the hurt inside of me. I know I was unpleasant to be around. I would imagine worst case scenarios and let them rule my life. Matt taught me how to increase my self esteem and face my problems straight on. It was scary at first, but I took counsel from our sessions and applied his suggestions. Now I am down 30 lbs. and no longer afraid to speak out and defend myself. I have also mastered the art of letting things go that I have no control over. Matt Listening ear and a caring heart made all the difference.