“COVID-19 has created an unprecedented upheaval in the American culture,
with over 245,000 fatalities, skyrocketing unemployment, and countless changes to education, daily routines, and social interaction. As more data becomes available, the pandemic’s effects now reflect its enormous toll on mental health and an exploding demand for new treatment options.”
Engage with our favorite psychologist and visiting priest, Fr. Matthew Malek as he discusses mental health in COVID-19 times.
Fr. Matthew Malek is an Associate Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), and completed his graduate program at St. Mary’s University School of Graduate Professional Psychology in Minneapolis. He enjoys working with adults, young adults and children as clients. Matthew enjoys working with those confronting multi-faceted challenges with life transition, addictions, trauma issues and relational dynamics. Matthew also functions as a Roman Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of St Paul-Minneapolis, so his approach embraces spirituality, mindfulness and holistic-health perspectives. He has worked in several integrated care settings, including community-based mental health and hospitals. He also integrates his previous experiences as a career consultant and as an educator into counseling, as well as over 20 years of being in recovery communities.
Fr. Matthew’s counseling approach draws from a variety of proven therapeutic regimens, including narrative therapy, as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy and solution-focused skills work. He is also experienced in working with mental health diagnoses such as depression and anxiety, trauma-related disorders, neurodegenerative conditions, grief and bereavement, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, thought disorder, and institutional trauma-betrayal.