Matthew J. Groff, MSW, LSW

Matthew J. Groff MSW, LSW

Matthew J. Groff, MSW, LSW holds a license in social work with a Master’s degree in social work from Marywood University. Matt practices at the Courtyard Counseling Center, LLC on Fridays from 9am to 5pm and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 9pm.

Professional Background & Orientation

I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice and a Master’s degree in clinical social work from Marywood University.

My professional career started when I began counseling adolescents who were adjudicated within the juvenile justice system. I was hired by the Department of Public Welfare to provide counseling to youth ranging from ages twelve to twenty who resided within a secure treatment facility. I soon realized that while I could assist my clients’ treatment while they were in the facility, there was a greater need to implement a comprehensive family therapy approach in order to enact a real change. Eventually I began counseling within a partial hospitalization program for children and adolescents, a position that allowed me to work more closely with the families of my clients. My clinical orientation is informed by various therapeutic techniques, most especially, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The more time I spent working with youth and adolescents, I realized that more therapeutic work was needed for their families. Over the next six years, I worked as an in-home family therapist for a community mental health service. During this time I completed training and was certified by the prestigious Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Center as part of their three-year intensive family therapy training program. The program offered many opportunities to expand my knowledge base of Eco-Systemic Structural Family Therapy (ESFT). My extensive work with families and individuals has allowed me to develop my clinical skills while becoming experienced in further therapeutic interventions that focused on a “strengths-based” approach to problem solving for families. Also during this time, I was able to complete a year-long training program developing the necessary clinical skills to work with individuals struggling with substance abuse and other mental health challenges. In addition, I also began doing outpatient therapy with individuals suffering from a variety of mental health concerns. I have been working with families who are in crisis and struggling with high levels of stress. This includes working with individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicidal ideation.

I have worked as a clinical supervisor for an agency’s Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT) program. In this position, I worked with individuals who suffered from personality disorders and chronic thoughts or attempts of suicide. In addition to the above, I have been working with geriatric patients and their families. In this capacity I conducted group and individual interventions with both clients and their families who are struggling with a multitude of challenges ranging from depression to grief and loss.

Now with an excellent team of clinicians at Courtyard Counseling Center, LLC, I am continuing to assist individuals and families to improve their overall well-being and quality of life. As an active clinician, I combine social work values of client self-determination and empowerment, while also taking a direct approach with clients in a collaborative manner to help them discover their own path for change. My areas of expertise include children, adolescents, families, and adults struggling with a wide range of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and schizophrenia to name a few. Within every session, I am always aware of the trauma that life produces and use a sensitive, but direct approach. I am also highly experienced in marriage and couples therapy. I am available for individual, couple, and family therapy sessions. My approach to therapy is to view individuals with great respect and also as experts of their own lives. With this in mind, I work in a mutual manner to assist them in determining what life changes they wish to pursue while in therapy.

Education & Training

  • Master of Social Work, Marywood University
  • Advanced Clinical Trainings in Family Therapy
  • Training in Dialectal Behavioral Therapy

Specialties

  • Family Therapy
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Adolescents and Adults suffering from any range of challenges
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectal Behavioral Therapy
  • Structural Family Therapy
  • Co-Occurring Disorders

Personal Information

My wife Ashley and I have been together for seven years and have a very energetic two-year old son. Ashley and I were married in Jamaica and love to visit the Caribbean often. My family also enjoys sports, especially football. We have a yearly tradition of attending the games of our favorite teams. We plan many family activities from vacations to the beach to simply reading our son bedtime stories. My family believes in being silly and having fun while trying not to take all the daily trials in life too seriously. My hobbies include exercising and ending the night with a good book.