Pursing an accomplished career, Matthew Lindgren prepared for his role as Chief Executive Officer of Blackbird Family Therapy, Inc., in Oakland, California, with an extensive education. After graduating with a B.A. in English, he earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the New College of California in 2005. During his time as a graduate student, Matthew Lindgren studied the use of psychotherapy as a means of social change. During that time, Mr. Lindgren began working at the New College Community Counseling Center and at Leonard R. Flynn Elementary School, where he served the mental health needs of low-income families, adults, and children, many of whom were from Latino and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) backgrounds.
After earning his Master’s degree, Matthew Lindgren traveled to Nicaragua, where he spent several months working at the Las Tias nonprofit organization, carrying out therapy and diagnostic interviews with street children who were considered at risk. Mr. Lindgren also worked at Golden Gate Counseling in San Francisco, providing anger management therapy and counseling to court-mandated clients. Matthew Lindgren also served as a Counselor at the Anthropos Counseling Center in Livermore, where he provided somatic experiencing interventions and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) to couples, adults, and children. He also served as an Intern at ABC Family Solutions, training in cognitive-behavioral therapy. Most recently, he worked as a Trauma and EMDR Specialist at Impulse Treatment Center and as a Grant and Business Development Manager at Centro Latino de San Francisco, a community-based care center that helps low-income seniors.
Today, Matthew Lindgren helps a broad array of clients, ranging from separated couples to children in foster care, incest and abuse survivors, rape and stalking survivors, and domestic violence survivors. Matthew Lindgren applies his expertise in somatic experiencing, hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy, non-directed play therapy, couples therapy, meditation, and child-centered family therapy. Although he possesses broad educational training and experience, Matthew Lindgren may be an especially helpful resource for couples, who make up nearly half of his clients. With these clients, Matthew Lindgren works through issues by drawing deeply from systems theory and the work of Sue Johnson and John Gottman. In addition, he teaches vicarious trauma to clinicians and gives guest lectures to individual classes and clinical training programs at the University of California, Berkeley and JFK University.