Matthew Pickard brings to Brainworks a wealth of assessment and therapy experience. He earned his Ph.D.in Counselling Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas, and joined Brainworks in 2017 as a Psychologist (Supervised Practice) covering the near-north region. With a caring and motivating approach, he works from a client-centred orientation in that he always places the needs of his clients first, addressing their most pressing need at the outset.
Matthew has conducted one-to-one therapy sessions with clients of all ages for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, relationship, grief, and adjustment difficulties. He has provided assessments for children that included cognitive, academic, adaptive behaviour, visual memory, attention, and language / auditory components, and he conducted assessments for those with severe intellectual disability.
Matthew’s Practice Areas
When meeting with clients and their families, Matthew endeavours to gauge each client’s understanding of their situation and provides the psychoeducation necessary to help them better understand the journey ahead. From there, he guides them with encouragement to move forward. He uses tools such as educational fact sheets and learning questionnaires that they initially work on together.
Matthew helps his clients feel more confident and hopeful about the future by helping them see that they can be successful in life through learning tools and strategies tailored specifically for their needs. He helps them feel empowered to rediscover skills they thought they had lost and develop new effective ones.
Matthew enjoys motivating clients by demonstrating that they can best achieve the goals they set by breaking each goal down into smaller steps. Every success builds on itself, with the joy of accomplishment motivating his clients to attempt the next step with increasing confidence and momentum. He helps clients feel that their hard work and desire to succeed are what propelled their personal-growth journey; they feel more positive and look forward to the future in a way they didn’t before.