Matt Barrus, M.S.W.

Matt Barrus, M.S.W.

Philosophy of Care

I believe that it takes a great deal of courage to decide to pursue therapy. In making this decision, the patient demonstrates a basic desire to change some part of their life. Once that step has been made, they inevitably decide whether to continue making steps towards change. Change will entail regular appointments, completion of homework, and, sometimes, changing their environment and significant relationships. Change can be frightening; it demonstrates courage. However, it is essential for a fully satisfying life

The therapist’s office is a safe place for honest discussion. My office is a space that is judgement-free. It also is a place for you to practice newly learned skills in a safe environment. I am committed as your therapist to offer active and empathic listening and to ensure that you feel comfortable and heard. I am a believer in positivity and am well-practiced in looking for an individual’s strengths. I also believe that it is my responsibility to help you see your mistakes and to re-direct you to more positive behavior.

I believe strongly in honoring the patient’s self-determination. This means that after completing a thorough assessment and coming to a diagnosis, I will ask you what goals you would like to set in regard to the presenting problem, and together we will create a treatment plan. I believe strongly in a solution-focused mindset where the patient is the expert and has the solutions to the issue at hand. The therapist’s role is simply to help the patient draw out that answer and then create a game plan to implement it.

Education and Licensure

  • MSW, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, May 2016
  • University Studies, French and Social Work minor, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg, ID, April 2013

Clinical Experience

I have experience working with a wide variety of populations. I worked for Hopeful Beginnings as a Respite Worker offering respite to at-risk families and youth. While there I modeled appropriate behavior to adolescent boys and took them out into the community. I also went to 1st grade with a patient who had autism to teach self-soothing skills and appropriate classroom behavior. I worked in the Housing Department on the Human Services Campus for my 1st year internship through Arizona State University. I worked with adults who were experiencing homelessness secure and maintain housing through our deposit assistance program. During my time there I also developed relationships with local property managers in Phoenix to open future housing opportunities. My second year internship was at Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital where I worked with adults and adolescents in an acute setting. I facilitated 2 process groups a week with patients where we discussed crisis planning, coping with depression, anxiety, and addiction, triggers, and other topics related to emotional well-being and recovery. I served as part of a multidisciplinary team by conducting psychosocial assessments and creating treatment plans. My coursework background includes such classes as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Social Work and Families, Substance Abuse Treatment, as well as several lifespan development classes.

Helping People With

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Couple/Marital/Relationship Conflict & Dysfunction
  • Depression
  • Family Therapy
  • Maladaptive Coping Skills
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicidal Ideation & Self-Harm

Trained In

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Mindfulness
  • Solution Focused Therapy

Ages Served