Meet Our Team

Matt Atkins, PhD, LP

Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Director

I believe it takes a great deal of courage to reach out for help, and I hope to provide the support and treatment you are seeking. As a psychologist, I strive to create a safe space where you can begin to address the challenges in your life and start to heal. Whether seeking help for yourself or someone close to you, finding a professional to trust can be a difficult challenge. The majority of my work is focused on helping individuals negotiate the emotional setbacks they encounter throughout their lives. Feeling disconnected from ourselves and others, individuals can easily become depressed, anxious, or feel broken. My work in individual therapy focuses upon helping my clients to reconnect to stronger parts of themselves.  I utilize an integrative approach that combines the science of psychology with interpersonal warmth, acceptance and understanding. I have clinical expertise in mood disorders, including anxiety and depression, trauma, including adolescent and adult sexual assault, childhood abuse and neglect, relationship violence/domestic violence, military combat, and substance use disorders.
When working with individuals who have encountered trauma in their lives, I recognize that this experience often leaves them with the sense that a significant part of who they are has been lost. Trauma, including abuse, neglect, and life-threatening events, may cause some to feel anxious, scared, angry, and confused. As a psychologist, I have specialized training in working with individuals who have encountered such trauma.

My work with individuals struggling with substance use disorders and addiction takes into consideration the fact that often times the struggles individuals face are exacerbated by their ineffective attempts to cope. This tendency cannot be demonstrated more clearly as it is in the case of addiction and chemical dependency. The course of addiction can be long and painful, and it may often feel as though hope is not available. Despite this, millions of individuals have battled through addiction and are able to lead healthy, vibrant lives. If addiction is affecting your life, and you are looking to recover, therapy can be an important part of the equation. As a psychologist, I have received extensive training in the area of substance dependence and have helped many individuals looking to recover from the pain of addiction.

I obtained my Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas and completed my Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System in Substance Use Disorders. I am currently a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Minnesota and am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA). I work at Club Recovery as the Clinical Director and strive to ensure that individuals who come to Club Recovery receive comprehensive care for their mental health and substance use challenges. I maintain flexible work-hours designed to assure you get the help you need without having to significantly interfere with the other important parts of your life, including work and family. I also encourage you to contact me with any questions.