Matt has several skills as a counselor that I have appreciated during the five months I was in counseling. The first skill is his ability to ask questions that go right to the heart of the issue. Sometimes I did not like his questions, however, through answering them I was able to begin to see more clearly the real problem. Secondly, Matt challenged my thinking pattern. He helped me to begin to see how my thought pattern was dysfunctional. He also showed me a way to begin making my own decisions based on my priorities instead of impulsive thinking. Finally, the books, handouts, and exercises Matt had me read or complete were helpful. They showed me new ways of looking at different situations. They taught me life skills to use to deal with problems in my life.