Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes, LMSW

(he/him/his)

Where he studied:

Bachelor of Social Work
Eastern Michigan University

Master of Social Work with School Certification
Eastern Michigan University

What he does at Pietruck Therapy Services:

Psychotherapist

Location:

Ann Arbor, Saline & Virtual

Contact:

Meet Matt

If you weren’t a mental health professional, what would you be doing?

I would be traveling around the world learning about new cultures.

What is your go-to “feel good” song?

“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” by Bob Marley and the Wailers

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a professional baseball player, until I entered high school and realized I couldn’t hit a curveball!

What do you do for self-care/self-love?

I am a avid runner and exercise enthusiast! I’ve run over 20 marathons and counting!

Other than mental health, what is something you’re passionate about?

I am passionate about volunteering at the St. Andrews Breakfast Program where they have been serving free breakfast every day since 1982.

Why do you like being a therapist?

I like being a therapist because I enjoy hearing my clients’ stories and helping them along on their personal journeys.

What is something you wish people knew about therapy?

Therapy is not a “one size fits all” proposition. It’s okay to take your time and meet with several different therapists until you find the right match for yourself.

Why/how can people benefit from therapy?

Therapy is a great way to learn more about yourself in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

What is something you’d like clients to know about you (or how you work)?

I’m kind, compassionate and have a sense of humor. My goal for therapy is to provide the best possible care for my clients by staying informed, open to feedback, and adaptable in my therapeutic techniques.

What does success in therapy look like to you?

To me, success is creating a safe and empathetic space where clients can explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences openly. This approach allows clients to develop healthier coping strategies and build resilience.

What are your thoughts about the “stigma” of therapy?

I think the stigma about therapy is starting to break down, but at the end of the day everyone should have the basic right of seeking therapy if they so choose.

Populations:

Teens (12+), Young Adults, Adults, Families

Treatment Modalities:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
    Mindfulness
    Motivational Interviewing
    Psychoeducation
    Strength-Based Therapy
    Trauma Informed Care

Professional Specializations

  • Anxiety
    Anger Management
    ADHD
    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    Behavioral Problems
    Bullying
    Coping Skills
    Depression
    Educators
    Life Transitions
    Mindfulness
    Self-Harm and Suicidal Ideation
    Social Skills
    Stress
    Substance Abuse and Codependency
    Trauma
Matt Barnes LMSW

Matt Barnes, LMSW

(he/him/his)

Where he studied:

Bachelor of Social Work
Eastern Michigan University

Master of Social Work with School Certification
Eastern Michigan University

What he does at Pietruck Therapy Services:

Psychotherapist

Location:

Ann Arbor, Saline & Virtual

Contact:

Meet Matt

If you weren’t a mental health professional, what would you be doing?

I would be traveling around the world learning about new cultures.

What is your go-to “feel good” song?

“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” by Bob Marley and the Wailers

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a professional baseball player, until I entered high school and realized I couldn’t hit a curveball!

What do you do for self-care/self-love?

I am a avid runner and exercise enthusiast! I’ve run over 20 marathons and counting!

Other than mental health, what is something you’re passionate about?

I am passionate about volunteering at the St. Andrews Breakfast Program where they have been serving free breakfast every day since 1982.

Why do you like being a therapist?

I like being a therapist because I enjoy hearing my clients’ stories and helping them along on their personal journeys.

What is something you wish people knew about therapy?

Therapy is not a “one size fits all” proposition. It’s okay to take your time and meet with several different therapists until you find the right match for yourself.

Why/how can people benefit from therapy?

Therapy is a great way to learn more about yourself in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

What is something you’d like clients to know about you (or how you work)?

I’m kind, compassionate and have a sense of humor. My goal for therapy is to provide the best possible care for my clients by staying informed, open to feedback, and adaptable in my therapeutic techniques.

What does success in therapy look like to you?

To me, success is creating a safe and empathetic space where clients can explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences openly. This approach allows clients to develop healthier coping strategies and build resilience.

What are your thoughts about the “stigma” of therapy?

I think the stigma about therapy is starting to break down, but at the end of the day everyone should have the basic right of seeking therapy if they so choose.

Populations:

Teens (12+), Young Adults, Adults, Families

Treatment Modalities:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
    Mindfulness
    Motivational Interviewing
    Psychoeducation
    Strength-Based Therapy
    Trauma Informed Care

Professional Specializations

  • Anxiety
    Anger Management
    ADHD
    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    Behavioral Problems
    Bullying
    Coping Skills
    Depression
    Educators
    Life Transitions
    Mindfulness
    Self-Harm and Suicidal Ideation
    Social Skills
    Stress
    Substance Abuse and Codependency
    Trauma

Background

Matt began his social work career at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. There Matt served as a Match Support Specialist facilitating leadership and guidance to families and volunteer mentors. After earning his Masters in Social Work, Matt transitioned to public schools and became a full-time School Social Worker and part-time psychotherapist at a private mental health clinic. Matt is committed to the therapeutic process and is passionate about working with individuals on their goals. He has specialized training working with individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. Matt’s treatment modality is grounded in a person-centered and strengths-based approach. He believes in creating a safe and empathetic space where clients can explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences openly. This approach allows clients to develop healthier coping strategies and build resilience. Matt’s goal for therapy is to provide the best possible care for his clients by staying informed, open to feedback, and adaptable in his therapeutic techniques.

Matt Barnes LMSW

WHERE TO FIND US IN SALINE

We are located on Saline's Northeast side, off of Industrial Drive, close to Campus Parkway. Our office is located across the street from Saline High School in the Wood Duck Business Park Association.
You will immediately turn left into the parking lot and we are located at the very end of the building, Unit 1. There is free parking in the lot in front of our entrance.
Please come on in, take a seat in the waiting room and your therapist will be out to greet you at the time of your appointment.