Getting Started

Welcome to the new blog home of Matt Otto.  I am a Christian Counselor who lives and works in the Frederick, Maryland area.  I work with clients from all walks of life, but my passion is working with adolescents and young adults as they navigate the often turbulant process of growing up and learning who they are.  I typically discuss practical, psychological and spiritual issues with my clients, and this blog is going to reflect that.

If you don’t fit into the demographic above please don’t leave just yet.  I hope to present biblical and psychological information in a way that can be helpful to anyone, regardless of where they are coming from.  I like to do this with a personal and light-hearted tone that reflects who I am, and lets you know that even though in these posts I may seem to know the answers I’m really just as confused as anybody about how to work through issues of life, faith and family.

For those of you who journeyed with me in my previous blog endeavor welcome back!  You can expect the same honest but light-hearted tone on serious topics, but this time there will be less personal posts and the overall emphasis will be more on individual growth and less on Church life and Christian culture. 

Finally, one piece of business:  I am a licensed Psychological Associate, but this blog is not meant to be therapy, it is a public forum.  You may find these posts helpful, but if you are experiencing serious distress they are not a replacement for therapy.  Likewise this blog does not have the same confidentiality standards as a therapy session and any comments you leave can be seen by anyone.  Think before you post. 

One final note:  I still haven’t decided on a name for the new blog.  Any suggestions?

Once again, welcome to my new blog.  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you decide to visit again.