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matthew bacchus

M.A.- Level Intern

Affordable Christian Counseling in Colorado

Specialties

  • Christian spiritual direction and formation
  • sexuality and sexual addiction
  • interpersonal relationships
  • anxiety
  • grief/loss
  • depression
  • life transitions
  • identity formation
  • communication issues
  • premarital counseling (Matthew is SYMBIS certified)

Client focus

Age

  • teenagers 
  • adults (18+)
  • seniors (65+)

counseling type

  • individuals 
  • premarital
  • couples
  • family

Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach

A wise friend of mine once told me, “There is no such thing as a hopeless situation, and you are not a hopeless person.” That changed the trajectory of my life.

This very phrase gave me choice and freedom, yet at the same time held me to a high standard of who I wanted to become. I felt seen. Since then, I’ve carried that truth around in my heart, pulling it out whenever I get stuck or lose sight of who I truly am.

I view therapy the same way. No matter what situation you are in, it is 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

I get it–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 time you take for yourself. Much like anything that turns out to be good, it takes a lot of hard work. In these sessions, I invite you to share your thoughts, your heart, your happiness, and your sadness in a welcoming environment.

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 to where you want to be. Overall, I will encourage you to dream.

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?

Even in my own journey with 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, two years into my Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s at Colorado Christian University, I have learned to engage people in a therapeutic and healthy way. I am honored that I have the opportunity to sit with you and to help you see who God created you to be!

Personal Interests

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.

“To refuse to dream is to surrender one’s soul to the status quo.” – Dr. Dan Allender

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