Matthew Mock is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with four years of direct clinical experience providing specialized treatment to adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. He finds immense enjoyment working with clients in creating better lives for themselves and improving functioning in their interpersonal relationships. He takes a "people-first" approach to working with clients and helps provide them with the skills necessary to be their own best advocates.
Matthew earned his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2007, and earned his Master's Degree in Social Work with a certificate in Animal-Assisted Social Work from the University of Denver in 2015. He has extensive experience in providing direct support to children, adolescents, and adults with problematic behaviors. Prior to joining Collaborative Services for Change, Matthew worked as a Lead Counselor, Direct Service Provider, and Mentor in outpatient day programs for individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities for approximately 10 years. This opportunity allowed him to gain experience working with a wide variety of individuals with unique physical, emotional, and behavioral needs.
Bonnie, Matthew's therapy dog, often co-facilitates sessions and tends to accompany him two to three days a week. Whether actively engaged in treatment goals or simply offering emotional support, Bonnie provides a calm, non-judgmental presence in sessions. She is living proof of the power of the human-animal bond and is of great assistance in teaching clients about boundaries, communication, consent, empathy, perspective-taking, and reading complex social cues.
Matthew's therapeutic framework finds inspiration in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Systems Theory, and Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy, among others. He is a lifelong learner and enjoys exploring different modalities as they emerge and gain evidence for efficacy in the field.
As a native Coloradan, Matthew loves being outdoors and enjoying all that his state has to offer. Whether camping, hiking, biking, playing soccer, reading in a hammock, or simply taking his dogs for walks, he can be found outside much of the time. He has always maintained a deep fascination with the mind-body connection and works with clients to take a more holistic approach to self-care and coping with interpersonal issues. He recommends that we all get outside and get moving!