I work with adult individuals and couples who value learning, growth, and connection in their inner lives and significant relationships.
Each of us is capable of feeling grounded and whole, though we are all vulnerable to challenges that may obscure our sense of well-being. Perhaps you feel burdened by limiting beliefs, past trauma, or relationship difficulties, and you are looking for professional help to explore more fulfilling ways of being and relating. Using patience, compassion, and gentle humor, I offer a safe and accepting environment for personal and relational healing to take place. A strong client-therapist relationship is an essential quality of effective therapy, and prior to arranging our first appointment, I would be happy to speak and ensure that we are a good fit.
-Matt Duarte, MA, AMFT
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After settling into life on the West Coast, I received my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University in Sacramento.
While earning my master’s degree, I worked for a non-profit counseling center serving the greater Sacramento area. I primarily provided therapy for couples seeking assistance with a range of relationship concerns, though I also worked with adult individuals, adolescents, and families. I value diversity in my work and have specific experience helping members of the LGBTQ+ community. Peripheral to my work in mental health, I previously assisted with a prison inmate rehabilitation program which incorporated meditation, emotional process work, and ecotherapy through gardening. I am a California Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#128611, Supervised by Michelle Hutchings, MA, LMFT#102246).
While I have experience with a range of mental health concerns, my current areas of clinical focus include assisting adult individuals with trauma, anxiety, and depression. Additionally, I work with couples navigating infidelity and betrayal, phase of life adjustments, sexual intimacy concerns, and open relationship structures.
While I grew up in North Carolina, I moved to California nearly fifteen years ago and have come to think of it as my home. I love the natural world and frequently enjoy all that our region has to offer. Whether backpacking in the heart of the Sierra Nevada or searching for surf along the coast, I turn to the outdoors for adventure as well as mental and emotional clarity amid all the noise of modern life. Prior to becoming a therapist, I had a decade-long career in environmental conservation and leadership; during that time, I directed volunteer service programs for young adults and instructed wilderness first aid trainings for outdoor professionals.
I enjoy spending free time with my family and friends, and around the home, some of my favorite hobbies include running, yoga, cooking, and gardening. Also, I love watching college basketball, specifically my undergraduate alma mater. Go Tar Heels!
Please complete the online intake paperwork before your first session. It takes a while to complete – plan on about 30 minutes – but having this information prior to your arrival helps me make the most of our time together. If the person seeking treatment is a child or adolescent, please fill out the “child/adolescent” paperwork; otherwise please complete the “adult” paperwork. Lastly, only complete the “Release of Information” if requested once we begin meeting. I will provide you with the password.