Human problems aren’t simple.


My goal as a therapist is to provide a comfortable setting that allows you to get the greatest benefit from our work together. In addition to traditional office sessions, I offer flexible solutions including phone, telehealth, or home visits for those with physical or geographic limitations.

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Professional Affiliations:
American Psychological Association
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
National Eczema Association
National Anger Management Association
Trichotillomania Learning Center


Read the Free eBook written by Dr. Ted Grossbart, Skin Deep to Better Understand the Connection between Emotions and Skin Issues

My Approach

Emotional and psychological issues are complex. Many therapeutic techniques, although genuine in intent, address symptoms but fail to get to the heart of the issue. Doing the work to understand the origins of your symptoms can be challenging but is the key to making a lasting difference. Having a specialist who knows the territory and can meet you both emotionally and physically can be the differential factor in your success.

Speaking and Consulting

I am available for speaking engagements and consultancy to industry, professional societies, and academic organizations. Some examples of organizations I have worked with include UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Otezla Dermatology Training. Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information.

How we can work together

  • Office Sessions
  • Telehealth or Phone Sessions
  • Home Visits

Specializing In:


Emotional issues can trigger or make a significant contribution to skin and hair problems. As a result, medical treatments alone may not be enough to cure the condition. Relaxation, visualizations, hypnosis, meditation, and a mixture of cognitive behavioral therapy and body-focused psychotherapy are important complementary therapies, particularly in medically resistant cases. You can take more control by discovering how to manage your emotional triggers and by developing strategies to alleviate skin conditions and hair pulling. Read the Free eBook, Skin Deep, to better understand the connection between emotions and skin issues.

Examples of skin conditions my practice addresses:

-Acne
-Alopecia
-Body Dysmorphic Disorder
-Eczema
-Herpes
-Hives
-Pain and Burning
-Skin Picking (compulsive scratching/excoriation/dermatillomania)
-Psoriasis
-Rosacea
-Scratching and Itching
-Hair Pulling (trichotillomania) and Scalp Scratching
-Vitiligo
-Warts

Dealing with depression can often feel unmanageable. Depending on your actions, you can either decrease or increase depressive symptoms. I work with people to help them learn how to cope with feelings of hopelessness, fatigue, self-critical thinking, low mood, and negative thinking. Understanding how to step out of the patterns that are reinforcing depressive thinking and behavior can produce substantial benefits. Whether you experience negative thinking that is hard to let go of or find it challenging to get out of bed some mornings, understanding how to address your thoughts and behaviors in a constructive way can make a big difference.
Experiencing anxiety or a challenging phobia can be overwhelming. As a result, attempts to resolve anxiety or a phobia may, in fact, increase it. Anxiety and phobias can often be overcome.

Typical issues treated in my practice:

-Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, relationship anxiety, agoraphobia and PTSD

-Medical fears related to visits with a doctor or dentist, needles, surgeries, and pain

Teenagers, college students and young adults face a variety of difficulties. I help them navigate through body image issues, skin issues, depression, anxiety, social issues, and substance abuse issues. I work with students at University of California, Santa Barbara and many other colleges and universities in New York and Massachusetts via telehealth. At Cedars-Sinai hospital I supervised at Teen Line, a crisis hotline dedicated to helping teenagers. I have seen firsthand the fine line between an adventuresome, curious, intelligent teenager and one who becomes overwhelmed. I help them stay on track.
Many people face a constellation of symptoms that cannot be diagnosed medically. This experience can be incredibly frustrating and often leads to the development of depression and anxiety on top of the original problems. Additionally, it is sometimes the case that underlying psychological issues manifest physically, creating the diagnostic confusion to begin with. I help clients live with the uncertainty they face in these situations and sometimes assist them in revealing underlying contributing psychological factors.

Trained by Dr. Ted Grossbart, Harvard Medical School, Pioneer in Psychodermatology

Licensed by the states of California, Massachusetts and New York

  • Phone: (805) 324-4684 and (781) 223-8629
  • Email : matt.traube@gmail.com
  • Office Address #1: 806 Murray Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
  • Office Address #2: 1018 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Office Address #3: 466 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215