Matthew R Chirman, MS, LMFT, LPCC, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Luis Obispo
For the last 17 years I have worked successfully with adult clients dealing with a wide range of issues including marital and relationship problems, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, abuse issues, personality issues and other relationship and mental health concerns. I believe a trusting relationship between the therapist and client is the foundation for all growth and change. However, the relationship itself is typically not sufficient. I will help you set goals for your therapy based upon what you would like to have different in your life, and together we will explore and change the blocks which have prevented you from achieving your goals.
I specialize in and enjoy working with challenging problems that have been resistant to change. While I have advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Developmental Couples Therapy, I use a variety of therapeutic approaches including mindfulness, skills building, stress reduction and psycho-education, all within a supportive, client-centered context.
I believe that group therapy is often more powerful than individual therapy. I offer group therapy for clients dealing with Borderline Personality Disorder, as well as a BPD Family Support Group. Groups provide the opportunity for shared wisdom and experience, and for building a supportive therapeutic community.
Call or Email Matthew R Chirman for a free consultation now - (805) 791-2566


  • Years in Practice: 10+ Years
  • School: Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Year Graduated: 1999
  • License No. and State: 39579 California


  • Avg Cost (per session): $100 - $120
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Paypal, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans

  • Holman Group
  • SLO County Behavioral Health
  • Victim Witness
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: Academy of Cognitive Therapy / Diplomate # 1049
  • License No. and State: LPCC Clinical Counselor California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Matthew R Chirman's Groups

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment

Beginning and Advanced Systematic Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS) groups are highly effective treatment groups for people with Borderline Personality Disorder.

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Borderline Personality Disorder Family Group

A 10 week education and support group for partners, parents, family members, and friends. An opportunity to interact with others who have loved ones who have been diagnosed with BPD. The Family Support Group will allow members to share their experience and learn from one another. Topics include: What is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and what are the causes;The Brain and BPD; How to respond to someone with BPD; Dealing with suicidal behavior, self-injury and other self-destructive behaviors; The sense of self - the core of BPD; Emotional regulation, mindfulness, distress tolerance, self-compassion and other skills.

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  • Personality Disorders
  • Depression
  • Relationship Issues


  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Family Conflict
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Parenting
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD

Mental Health

  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Psychosis


  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Client Focus


  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Gay Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transgender Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Developmental Couples Therapy
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Humanistic
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Schema Therapy


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016
Matthew R Chirman, MS, LMFT, LPCC, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Luis Obispo

Matthew R Chirman

Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, LPCC