Individual and group counseling for adults, in person and online
Hi there! I’m Matt.
What challenges are you facing? We can work together and make sense of what’s going on. Working with me, you’ll learn new tools and a fresh perspective to navigate life differently with less angst. To learn more about me, what I do, and how I do it keep reading below. When you’re ready to talk, schedule a free meet and greet / consultation with me.
WHAT I OFFER
- Individual psychotherapy for adults
- Group counseling for adults
- In person sessions offered in Houston
- Online sessions offered via secure telehealth
- Helping professionals (therapists, social workers, medical professionals, first responders, law enforcement)
- LGBTQIA+ persons, friends, families and allies
- Survivors of chaotic childhoods and relationships, trauma and religious trauma
- Executives and professionals
- Life transitions and discernment
- Sexual orientation, gender identity, and coming out
- Depression and anxiety, mood disorders
- Shame & trauma
- Spirituality and religion
- Grief and loss
- Romantic, platonic, and professional relationships
- Career challenges and changes
- Chronic pain, illness, and end of life
HOW I WORK
My clients experience an empathetic, healing, understanding, authentic, and trusting spirit who accepts and celebrates them just exactly where and as they are. As an added bonus, I’ve got incredible wit, sass, humor, and a spirit of compassionate directness that I masterfully weave together into my sessions. Regardless of your socio-economic status, abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender presentation, gender transition interests, relationship constructs, beliefs, practices, spiritual or religious background, or personal interests I welcome and celebrate all. Whether you’re a lawyer, minister, accountant, sex worker, teacher, convenience store worker, doctor, construction worker, engineer, or fellow counselor, you are welcome here.
You are the expert in your life; I join you for your journey and help ease the way at a therapeutic and effective pace. In my opinion, quick healing isn’t sustainable long term so I believe to move fast we go slow. I work from a humanistic theoretical orientation alongside psychoeducation and a variety of therapeutic modalities (see above) to ease your journey.
WHERE I AM
I provide in-person services in central Houston. My office is designed with comfort in mind. It overlooks Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens and offers free covered parking, refreshments, and aromatherapy. If you’re not in Houston or able to make it to my space, telehealth is available to anyone in Texas.
WHAT IT COSTS
Clients pay me directly for all services. I accept major credit cards and debit cards including those provided by flexible spending (FSA) and health savings accounts (HSA). I do not accept any insurance or employee assistance programs.
- Prospective Client Meet and Greet / Consultation, 15 – 30 minutes, no charge (Telehealth) schedule now
- Individual Psychotherapy sessions (1 adult), 50 minutes, $150 (In Person or Telehealth)*
- Couples / Relational Psychotherapy sessions (2+ persons), 90 minutes, $225 (In Person or Telehealth)*
- Group Counseling sessions, 90 minutes, $50 per person (In Person or Telehealth) after a $100 individual intake session*
- *I offer reduced rates to helping professionals and others on a case by case basis. I believe financial limitations should not impact your ability to secure quality mental health care. If you need a reduced fee, please let me know.
HOW I AM QUALIFIED
Choosing a counselor is a very important decision, one not to take lightly. The work you are embarking has numerous costs – time, money, and energy. All I want is for you to find the right counselor – which may nor may not be me. When making your selection, choose one who is not just qualified but one you can connect with. Invite to your journey the one who you can be authentically you in session, keeping no secrets, holding nothing back. In finding the right match, you’ll find the work feels a bit more natural, a lot more meaningful, much easier, and incredibly beneficial.
- Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (#81905), Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
- National Certified Counselor
- Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Seminary of the Southwest
- Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communication and Sociology, Texas State University
In addition to formal counseling education, licensing, and credentials, I bring over 20 years of experience in individual and relationship dynamics through my prior work in human resources and executive management. Visit my LinkedIn profile to learn more.
WHO I AM
I’m going to get to know you very well in session. It’s only fair you get to know me, beyond the above formalities. So, here’s a start. I’m a laid back guy who identifies as a white, middle-class, middle-aged, gay and queer, cis-gender male. My partner and I have two rescue pups, one cat, a tarantula, and four fish. You might see the kids if we ever do a video session where I’m logging on from home.
I was born in the mid 1970’s near Dallas but grew up a panhandle boy in Amarillo. My parents divorced when I was 10 and childhood was chaotic to say the least. Both my parents died at early ages due to smoking related illnesses – mom at 72, and dad at 68.
I began my undergraduate studies at McMurry University in Abilene but after coming out during my freshman year I moved to Austin at the urging of my brother who was attending UT. He wanted me to be in a more gay friendly environment – much appreciated. (Ironic side note, he was a cheerleader at UT but I’m the gay one.) Once settled in to Austin, I transferred to Texas State University where I completed my undergrad degree. After graduating, I embarked upon my 20 year HR career which volleyed me between Austin and Houston. After both my parents died, I experienced quite the existential angst. I retired my HR career and, at the suggestion of my own counselor, entered graduate school to become the psychotherapist I am now. Y’all, I’m really not a risk taker but this risk, this career change, was the Best. Thing. Ever.
When not working, my partner and I enjoy spending quiet time at home with our furkids, doing puzzles, being with friends and family, playing video games, watching shows and movies, going to arts festivals, being outdoors, attending shows (music, comedy, and broadway), being artsy, as well as camping in our RV (which we also live in full-time) and traveling. Meditation and spirituality is also important to me. I find power in steadying myself in a dynamic and ever-evolving blend of western and eastern spiritual beliefs even though I was raised with a progressive Christian faith.
If you think I might be right for your journey, click below and book a time for us to talk.
If you or someone you know is having a mental health emergency or is experiencing a crisis, please text 988 or call 988 to reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. LGBTQIA+ community members may feel more comfortable contacting the Trevor Project LifeLine at 1-866-488-7386 or text 678678. If your life or someone else’s life is in immediate danger call or text 911 or proceed to your nearest emergency room.
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