Individual, Couple and Family Therapist
Matthew Ridley is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and earned his Masters degree in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph.
Matthew works from an anti-oppressive, strengths-based and post modern clinical approach which prioritizes client empowerment and choice. Matthew uses an integrative approach drawing from Emotion Focused, Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioral, and Narrative models of therapy, and ensures that the goals that clients have for therapy are clearly identified at the outset and tracked throughout.
Matthew’s clinical experience includes crisis counselling and suicide prevention, and grief counselling for those left behind after a suicide or homicide. He has worked with individuals to find new ways of responding to depression, anxiety, grief, stress, relationship issues, and questions of identity.
Matthew’s Couples therapy work focuses on helping couples move past hurt feelings to get to the core issues of conflicts. Along the way, Matthew works with couples to build on what is working well, and implement new interactions based on their shared hopes, priorities and values.
Matthew’s area of research focuses on couple’s experiences of pornography, and ways of supporting couples when pornography causes problems in relationships.