James Matter, MFT  40916, lives and practices in San Francisco, California. You can learn more at http://www.jamesmattermft.com

While this blog is about psychotherapy, it is definitely not psychotherapy nor a substitute for it. If you’re really having a hard time, http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ can help, or call 1 800 273 TALK (800 273-8255). If you are deaf or hearing impaired the web site has live chat, TTY number, and other options. In San Francisco, call (415) 781-0500 24 hours. SF Suicide preveniton also has live chat 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Friday.

I’ve been working with people for over 25 years, starting as a peer counselor in 1987. Given that one of the most important things in therapy is the relationship, this blog is a chance to get to know me a little bit through my writing. Even people who need therapy don’t need to be in therapy all the time, but if you’re looking for someone, it’s a difficult search. But there is help, and there is hope.

3 Responses to About

  1. Greetings once again. I am very interested in this field. I want to become a family therapist. I look forward to reading your post and your sense of humor is amazing.

  2. istralouise says:

    Hi! I saw your comment to one of Phoenix’s posts about BPD and DBT! I’m a completely different bird of a feather, but I liked your list

    1) Eat healthy food;
    2) Get regular exercise;
    3) Read good books, both fiction & non;
    4) Connect with good people;
    5) Spend time in nature;
    6) Find & do spiritual practice ;
    7) Cheat on (1) sometimes.

    and am copying it into my OneNote with a mind to evaluate some of my priorities in its light, because it looks like a good list, that I am doing well with some aspects and not others. I currently have friends keeping me stable, a psych ARNP prescribing, and a therapist/casemanager, so I am currently getting treatment and if I get too off on a tangent everyone will reign me in. Thanks for the very insightful comment! Theresa

    • jamesmatter says:

      Don’t forget; “includes, but is not limited to…” Also the list is not in priority order & doesn’t include getting enough good quality sleep or staying hydrated, both excellent priorities no matter what your mental health.

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