407 E 2nd Ave Ste 250 Spokane WA 99202 | (509) 315-9776

Matt Kinder

Matt Kinder MSW, LSWICA

Pronouns: He/Him

License & Certifications

  • Licensed Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical

Population Specialty

  • Older Children (8-10)
  • Tweens (11-14)
  • Adolescents (15-18)
  • Adults 

Treatment Specialty

  • Life Transitions
  • Grief
  • Stress

Specialty Training

Population Ally

  • Cancer

About Matt

Matt earned a BA in Sociology in 1995 from Whitworth University and a MSW in Social Worker in 2001 from Walla Walla University. He is a master’s level therapist licensed in the State of Washington as a Licensed Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical (SC61358648). Matt is clinically supervised by Audra Stillions MSW, LICSW (LW60994586) and Ricky Sullivan-Hurt MA, LMHC (LH60912840).

Matt ascribes to a person-centered/existential theoretical approach to therapy. He employs mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral techniques along with other elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Matt helps his clients by being a calm, compassionate and genuine person and leads with kindness and authenticity to create a space that is safe. He combines a desire to explore the deeper existential issues with humor and practicality. Matt helps his clients identify what is important to them and how they can make choices in their lives with their values.

Matt's areas of specialty are:

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Career Counseling
  • Child and Adolescents
  • Chronic Illness
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict

 

  • Grief
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity
  • Life Transitions
  • Men’s issues
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Sports Performance
  • Stress
  • Trauma and PTSD

A Message from Matt

Life is difficult.  We are presented with a variety of challenges throughout our lifespan.  It is a sign of wisdom, strength, and courage to seek counsel.  It is also an act of self-care, which will ultimately not only help you but will positively impact those you interact with and care about.  I am driven by a genuine curiosity about life, relationships, meaning, healing, and growth.  My aim is to walk alongside you as a fellow traveler on this human journey.  Utilizing proven, evidence-based approaches along with authenticity, honesty, compassion and practicality I will work with you to identify what is most important to you, what areas of your life would you like to explore, and how we can implement strategies to improve your current level of functioning.  I begin right where you are, without judgment.  It is important to me to create a safe and secure environment where you feel free to be vulnerable, to look at your life honestly, and to evaluate how you want things to look moving forward.  If you are interested in growing as a human being, healing, knowing yourself better, and developing healthier strategies to engage in life then I am likely a good fit for you.  After working in Hospice care for over 20 years I have a unique perspective on how people view life, what has mattered, the impact of choices made, and the shared wisdom from life’s experiences.  You can expect from me authenticity, kindness, and professionalism.  My hope is that you will genuinely feel cared about, listened to, and understood.  Staring counseling can be scary. It can also be an exciting time as it can be a birthplace for hope. For new ways of seeing and being.  I would be honored to be part of your healing and to witness your journey of growth.