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- Christian spiritual direction and formation
- cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- sexuality and sexual addiction
- interpersonal relationships
- life transitions
- identity formation
- communication issues
- premarital counseling (Matthew is SYMBIS certified)
- adults (18+)
- seniors (65+)
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
“There is no such thing as a hopeless situation, and you are not a hopeless person.”
You may not know why you’re here. You may not be able to pinpoint what’s happening, but you know something’s off. Or you may know exactly what you’re carrying, and it may feel difficult to share. No matter what, it’s so brave that you’re here. If these few words are the only time we ever get to connect, just know that this moment is a big deal.
I want you to know that simply showing up to tackle the tough stuff is what leads to change. You can’t change through more information, you can only change through experience. What would that experience look like for you?
No matter what situation you are in, I believe it’s not hopeless, and you are not hopeless. As your therapist, I accept your differences, your thoughts, and your story. I believe that you have something incredible brewing inside you. My job is to help you see it and bring it to life. Just like David proclaims in Psalm 139, “You are fearfully and wonderfully made.”
What to Expect in Therapy
Much like anything that turns out to be good, therapy takes hard work. A therapy session may not seem like the most relaxing 50 minutes of your life, but it can be some of the most healing and inspiring.
Seeing a therapist isn’t like visiting a medical doctor. We don’t prescribe a cure, however you’re the one who finds it. I’m here to help guide you along the way. Therapy itself can be a few sessions, or a long term process.
My goal is to create an environment that is fun, relaxing, and intentional. I will sit with you and write some notes down. I will ask questions, not to “catch” you, but to reveal you to yourself. My intention is to know, understand, and be curious about your experience. As we get to know each other, we may laugh, we may cry, we may not know what to do next, and that’s still ok. We might go on walks, or play Jenga and talk. I love playing games (with all my clients!).
Each session is like working on a puzzle that we get to figure out piece by piece. I may work with you through tough situations with prompting questions. I may sit quietly in profound moments with you–but I will always help move you forward toward where you want to be.
Personal Qualifications and Experience
My previous careers were in public relations, promotional marketing and the fitness industry. During these jobs, I was only able to create surface level connections with people, but I knew that I wanted to truly know them on a deeper level. I would find myself sitting in big board meetings in front of an executive president of a company and think to myself, I wonder how he’s doing?
In my own journey going to therapy, I found myself admiring my therapists and their brilliant ability to sit with me and ask me difficult questions about myself that I had never thought about. Now, as a therapist myself, I am honored that I have the opportunity to sit with you and to help you see who God created you to be!
I come from a person-centered existential lens, but I like to incorporate modalities such as CBT, EFT, IFS, logotherapy, and Gestalt.
I am a classic extrovert. I love spending time with people. Having a group of friends (or strangers) around is my forte. To quote The Great Gatsby, “I love large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”
I am a former college athlete who ran sprints and relays for the track team. My gym is a safe haven for me to be cathartic with my body and to test my limits. I enjoy movies and TV shows just as much as a quick run to the store for Milano Mint Chocolate cookies. I also would never pass up a hike in these beautiful Rockies.
Most importantly, I love Jesus. He saved me from myself and from religion. He gave me a wonderful family and continues to accept me as one of His own. He allows me to dream and freely gives me dreams. He is the One for me.
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“To refuse to dream is to surrender one’s soul to the status quo.” – Dr. Dan Allender
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