Licensed Therapist in Charlotte, NC

Matt Smith is a Charlotte therapist at Modern Era Counseling.

Hi, I'm Matt.

I help overwhelmed adults find calm, balance and meaning in the messiness of modern life.

My guess is that you’re here because something’s holding you back from the life you want to be living.  

Maybe it’s a relationship.

Maybe it’s stuff from your past. 

Maybe it’s feelings of anxiety or depression.

Or maybe you don’t even know what “it” is – you just know you’re tired of feeling stuck, exhausted and alone. 

But you’re not alone. 

I can help you...

  • Manage all the difficult emotions you’re feeling
  • Navigate important life decisions
  • Feel more confident and self-assured
  • Break old habits and take back control of your life
  • Cultivate a stronger sense of identity and purpose
  • Build deeper, more satisfying relationships

What's it like to work with me?

Some people want to work with an old-school therapist who takes a more detached approach. That’s awesome, but that’s NOT how I approach therapy.

My helping approach is deeply relational. This means I bring all of myself into my work as a therapist. I focus on getting to know the real you, listening to your story, and helping you turn the struggles you’re going through into opportunities for self-discovery and personal growth.

In sessions, I’m inquisitive and actively engaged.

I don’t take notes like a lot of other therapists, because I believe therapy should be conversational. I want you to feel heard and comfortable in sharing your story—both of which are hard to pull off when someone is scribbling notes about you on a legal pad.

I work to help you get to the bottom of whatever’s holding you back, so I don’t do beating around the bush. Instead, I’m committed to being real with you from a genuinely supportive, thoughtful, and non-judgmental place.      

I also focus on seeing you as the unique human being that you are, not some clinical label or list of symptoms. In other words, I’m not the kind of therapist who takes a “disordered” view of people, as if there’s something inherently wrong with you. 

And I bring curiosity and respect to the different cultural realities and experiences that shape who you are as a person. I’ll never put you in a box. I promise.

Of course, therapy is equal parts art and science, so though my approach is highly conversational, I also weave in empirically validated treatment approaches that fit with your unique story and needs.

Let’s face it, you’re not interested in working with just any old Charlotte therapist.

If you think you’re in the right place, then let’s talk!

Why I became a therapist...

I learned the hard way that understanding and support can be hard to come by during our young adult years.

At 25, less than one year after completing a master’s degree and working my way into the career I thought I always wanted, I came to a difficult realization: not only was my work not offering me any sense of meaning, but it was literally sucking the life out of me.

I felt like I was drowning in a vast sea of nothingness—and failing adulthood in the process.

I ultimately quit my job and spent the better part of a year trying to figure out how to move forward while simultaneously struggling through intense feelings of uncertainty, failure and low self-worth.  

But here’s the worst part:

Almost no one I turned to for help could begin to understand the unique set of challenges I was facing.  

Not only was I lost; I was completely alone.

This is the reason I decided to become a therapist—

I wanted to help others overcome stress and other emotional challenges that keep them from living their best lives.

Since becoming a therapist, I’ve helped hundreds of young professionals turn worry and uncertainty into opportunities for self-discovery and personal growth.

It’s not uncommon to feel lost during your 20s, 30s and 40s, but no one should have go through that experience alone.

Have you been longing for change but putting it off? Are you ready to put yourself first and take the initial step toward a more confident you?  

If so, then let’s do this!

Close Menu