Matt grew up in Kansas City and developed values around warmth, hospitality and directness common to the Midwest. He initially sought a career in church ministry and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Moody Bible Institute but moved into the mental health field after working in a youth homeless shelter for a few years. There he discovered a desire to help trauma victims find healing and deeper connections with themselves and others.
Matt went back to school and received a master’s degree in Couples and Family Counseling from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He began his clinical work with traumatized children and young people.
After moving to Colorado, he connected with Dr. Michael Barta regarding the overlap between childhood trauma and addiction and started working with sex addicts at Begin Again.
As a counselor, Matt is energized by helping clients find words to express their emotions around their traumas and feel them rather than avoid them. An agent of change, he feels most like himself when he is privileged to see growth and the end of destructive cycles in his clients.
Matt has years of experience and training working with victims of trauma. Matt utilizes a direct approach to counseling that others find both warm and challenging.
He utilizes Emotion Focused Therapy, Attachment Theory, Motivational Interviewing, Guided Meditation and is trained in Brain Spotting. Matt sees all people as deserving of living a full healthy life and works hard to help his clients move towards that.
It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners
.Mark 2:17 NIV