Hector R. Matascastillo, MSW, LICSW

EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant

EMDR Trainer

About Me

Hector R. Matascastillo, MSW, LICSW, was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala and was raised in Chicago, Illinois. When he was 17, he joined the Army and served in multiple countries for various operations over a span of 18 years. After his last deployment to Iraq in 2007 as a First Sergeant of an infantry company, Hector left the military and completed the Master of Social Work degree program at Augsburg College in 2010. He is formally trained in, EMDR, DBT, and Healing of Memories protocol and principle-based interventions with an Adlerian theoretical orientation. As a multilingual/multicultural therapist, Hector has worked with the Latino, Veteran, first responder, and SPMI populations from the micro to the macro level. He works with men and women, focusing primarily on trauma and shame. Hector has a strong background in training and public speaking. He is currently a Director at Life Development Resources, P.A. as well as in his own practice consulting to law enforcement, local governments and serves on multiple community endeavors. Hector serves his community as a Mental Health Consultant and Crisis Negotiator on the South Metro SWAT. Hector is in his third year at Walden University working towards a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Forensic Psychology. He currently resides in St. Paul with his wife and five sons.

Education & Experience

EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Trainer 2016; Urge and Craving Protocol, 2016; Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology with Forensic Emphasis, Walden University, Current; Hostage Negotiator, Level 1, Crisis Management Systems, 2020; Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator Certification, CIT International, 2018; Bronze Level Wrestling Coach Certification, USA Wrestling, 2015; Stephen's Minister Training, Lino Lakes, MN 2015; DBT Foundation Training, Behavior Tech, LLC, Minneapolis, MN, 2012; Healing of Memories Facilitator, Institute for Healing of Memories, St. Paul, MN, 2012; Adlerian Psychology Post Graduate Courses, Adler Graduate School, Minneapolis, MN 2012; Master of Social Work (MSW), Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN, 2010; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained Therapist, EMDR HAP, 2011; Technology of Participation (ToP) Facilitator Training, 2010, Institute of Cultural Affairs, MN; Kaizen Facilitator Training, 2010, State of Minnesota; LEAN 101 Training, 2010, State of Minnesota; Global Career Development Facilitator/Offender Workforce Development Specialist, Normandale College 2009; Veterans Benefits Online, Labor and Employment Specialist, Case Management 2009, University of CO; Offender Job Retention and Offender Employment Specialist, 2008, MN DOC; Some Graduate level work in Organizational Management, 2006, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN; B.A. Marketing Management, 2006, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN; Advanced Leadership, Staffing, Training, and Counseling courses, 1990-2008, US Army

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

South Metro SWAT Past volunteer experience can also be made available upon request.

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Moral Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Somatic Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress Management
  • Suicide Risk
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Expats
  • First Responders
  • Group
  • Immigrants
  • Seniors
  • Underserved
  • Veterans/Military


  • English
  • Spanish


  • Aetna
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry
  • HCSC
  • Highmark
  • Humana
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Magellan Health
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Sliding Scale
  • UnitedHealth
  • WellPoint

Will apply for credentialing with other insurances as needed. Work in a "preferred credentialing" setting.