As therapists, we each have an ethical duty to respect all people, not to discriminate against them for any reason, and do our best to help them. We also have a responsibility not to impose our own values or beliefs onto others. At Matthews Counseling & Coaching we take this seriously, and we welcome anyone who wishes to meet with us for our services.
Although this statement should not have to be made, we understand that it does. Our society has been shaped by racism, sexism, antisemitism, and other forms of hatred and discrimination, and we recognize that many people continue to face these things today, on a regular basis. Healthcare also requires that you discuss things that are uncomfortable, and the mere fact that you seek out a provider for help means making yourself vulnerable. And this is more true when it comes to counseling than anything else.
Because of these facts, some people may think twice before reaching out. Even though our staff may not have personally dealt with some of these issues, we are each committed to learning, understanding, asking questions, and having important conversations as we follow our own paths of development and strive to offer the highest quality care.
We believe it is important for all potential clients to know that our office is a safe place to seek services and that you will never be judged by or us or treated unfairly, particularly due to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, or any other factor. We will do our best to make you feel comfortable and welcome, and we encourage you to let us know if you ever have a question or concern. If we are unable to schedule with you for any reason (i.e. availability, cost, insurance participation), we will be happy to provide you with referrals for other professionals who can help.
Please contact me directly with any questions, concerns, or if you would like information about our services.
Dr. Jesse Matthews