Matthew Evan Hinton, LMFT, is a member of the CAPS team at the University Health Center. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, he asks a lot of questions…so we thought it was his turn to answer a few!
Check out what Matthew had to say…
What led you to become a therapist?
I like understanding things. I get geeky about a topic and dive in to make sense of whatever that thing is. When I decided to work toward being a therapist, a big part of that was a desire to understand people. The more people I work with, the deeper understanding I get about the human experience.
What keeps you motivated to continue your career?
Witnessing people go from a place of stagnation and struggle, to a place of growth and overcoming.
Do you have a specialty or niche clientele?
A niche area I work with is couples. Since I come from a Marriage and Family Therapy background, I was trained to work with individuals and couples from the beginning of my training.
This field can be taxing on professionals. How do you preserve your own health and well-being?
To take care of myself, I have had to carve out time for myself to be alone sometimes. When your career revolves around talking with people, it’s nice to set aside time to read, play video games, take a walk, or even do some yard work while listening to a podcast. Alone time helps me recharge.
What are you happiest doing when you’re not working?
Lately I enjoy listening to my son while he is playing on his own. Three year olds left alone with their own creativity come up with some hilarious things.
What do you like most about UGA and the surrounding community?
I enjoy walking through campus.
Flash back to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Super hero or Ninja!
Finish the sentence: On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me…
…at home, on the couch, watching a cartoon with my son.
What would your personal motto be?
Think Critically. Challenge yourself to have good reasons for thinking the things you think, believing the things you believe, holding the opinions you hold.
The University Health Center’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services department is dedicated to student mental health and well-being at the University of Georgia. Visit CAPS online to find out more about accessing their services which include short-term individual, group, and couples’ counseling, psychiatric services, crisis intervention, and more.
Edited by: UHC Communications Team
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