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Matthew Serna, AMFT

“You have within you the strength to overcome adversity and create the life you choose. My job is to help you uncover that strength”

Matthew is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)*. He received his master’s degree from Santa Clara University in counseling psychology, and his bachelor’s in humanities, with an emphasis in psychology, from New College of California. Matthew is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Matthew has several years of post-graduate experience working with both individuals and families in schools, as well as a community based agency setting. Matthew has been a counselor at Castro elementary school, Columbia middle school, and Sunnyvale Middle school. He has worked as an associate therapist at the Community Health Awareness Council in Mountain View. At CHAC his duties included conducting initial assessments and handling case management for clients. Matthew has helped individuals, both adults and children, deal with issues such as anxiety, depression, and transitional challenges.

Matthew utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to therapy. He believes in the strength of the client to overcome adversity and create the life they choose. One of the modalities that he frequently uses in therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT is a well researched and validated approach to treatment. CBT is based of the premise that thoughts, behaviors, and emotions affect each other. CBT helps individuals challenge unhelpful thinking and behavior to bring about change.

Matthew’s favorite thing about the Mid-Peninsula is the proximity to the ocean and nature. When Matthew is not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his nieces and nephew and values the power of family connection.  

*As an associate marriage and family therapist Matthew has completed his masters degree, has completed the required 2,000 hours of post-graduate supervised clinical work and is in the process of sitting for his two state licensing exams.