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Relationship Counselor Chris A. Matthews Shares Reflections on Juneteenth 

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Relationship Counselor Chris A. Matthews Shares Reflections on Juneteenth 

In a recent op-ed piece for The NJ.com, relationship counselor Chris A. Matthews shared with readers his reflections on the past Juneteenth holiday. 

Starting with the question, “When will Black people be liberated from the generational effects of slavery?” – Matthews addresses the need for people of color to love and heal themselves in order to thrive and grow -“open up to heal up”.

Read the article here at NJ.COM

Matthews is owner and clinical director of Relationship Counseling Group, LLC and Behavioral Health Intervention Center, LLC. Matthews is a licensed marriage and family therapist, (LMFT), licensed clinical addiction specialist, (LCAS), certified clinical supervisor (CCS) and approved supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

He is the author of two books – “Finding Your Relationship Fix – the Four Reasons Couples Seek Counseling” and “Six Tips for Finding Your Relationship Fix”. In addition, Matthews offers courses on relationships and mental health as well as facilitated educational events regarding those topics

Check out Chris’ newsletter, “Togetherness“.

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