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Matt Trietsch, MA, LPC Associate, NCC, PHR, SHRM-CP

Providing counseling and psychotherapy on grief and loss, LGBTQIA+, life transitions, and much more in Houston, Bryan/College Station, Austin, and all across Texas.

Hi there, I’m Matt. I’d love to support your journey.

It’s super hard asking for help and inviting someone on your journey. Whatever you’re experiencing right now, I’m glad you’re seeking support. I’d be honored to help you navigate the road ahead and make sense of the road behind. We cannot ever change our past but we can learn to honor it, undertand it, and cope with it in a more healthy way to ease our distress going forward in pursuit of more. I’m excited you’re taking care of yourself.

I help those seeking to understand and ease their journey.

I provide counseling and psychotherapy services to persons living in Houston, Bryan/College Station, Austin, and across Texas. Although I’m trained and well equipped to help in most anything you are navigating, I particularly specialize in grief and loss, human sexuality, gender identity, and all the life transitions we experience as humans.

  • Grief and Losswhether you’re processing the actual or anticipated death of a person or pet, the end of a relationship, losing a job, or anything else disrupting your established sense of normalcy with little say so of your own (if any), counseling and psychotherapy helps navigate the muck of grief – a guarantee in life that we receive little to no exposure, training, or guidance on until we meet it head on.
  • LGBTQIA+maybe you are exploring sexual identity, coming out to loved ones and others, navigating gender identity or presentation, or battling systemic oppression, counseling is a wonderful way to get support to finding, being, and celebrating your true self (or supporting a loved one in doing so) especially when others just don’t get it.
  • Life Transitionschange is hard. If you’re changing careers, adjusting to a new city, identifying how maturing is changing the dynamics in life, facing new or challenging family dynamics, feeling stuck in personal growth, or just frustrated about stuff that isn’t going so smooth, counseling is a perfect opportunity to sort that stuff out.

I also have great interest in relationships (romantic, family, platonic, and professional), addiction and substance use, trauma, suicide, spirituality, illnesses, end-of-life journeys, and more. In therapy with me, you’ll experience how I creatively weave my years of formal education with decades of personal and professional experience in a relaxed informal manner with minimal psychobabble. I also offer training and consulting to businesses, organizations, and groups on mental healthcare, interpersonal communication skills, business administration, and more. Click below to find out more or book an appointment to discuss working together.

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.

Carl Rogers, Psychologist

I’m qualified to help.

All those letters behind my name simply indicate how I’m qualified through formal education, licensure, and professional certifications. These also hold me professionally, legally, and ethically accountable to all that I do. I am licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors as a LPC Associate (#89105) to provide counseling and psychotherapy for persons in Texas and I am also a National Certified Counselor (NCC). I hold a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA) from Seminary of the Southwest and a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communication and Sociology from Texas State University. I hold two national certifications in Human Resources, as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Society for Human Resources – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). All of these credentials not only require me to keep myself educated on the developments in my field but also hold my feet to the fire to comply with licensing regulations and codes of conduct for my profession. For two decades, I worked primarily in Human Resources, but also in Executive Management, Operations, and IT with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Visit my LinkedIn profile to learn more.

I get it. Although I’ve not walked your path, I’ve encountered 40+ years of life navigating a lot of muck.

Working with me you’ll get to know a bit of my story and journey as I help you navigate yours. So, who am I personally? I’m a laid back normal ole dog dad who identifies as a white, middle-class, middle-aged, gay and queer, cis-gender male. I’ve got two rescue pups who you might see in our virtual sessions at times, Buddy who is a pembrooke corgi jack russell terrier mix and sweetie who is a terrier mut. Sweetie is often on the office sofa snoring and Buddy is more likely than not living a gutsy life sleeping or playing with a ball at my feet, inches away from my rolling office chair.

I was born in the mid 1970’s in Dallas but grew up a panhandle boy in Amarillo. After graduation I moved to Abilene where I began undergraduate studies. Within a couple of years there, I realized I was gay and then moved to Austin. Adulthood since has volleyed between Austin and Houston for personal and professional growth. Currently, the pups and I live in Houston.

In my free time, I equally enjoy solitude with my pups but also enjoy time with friends and family. I love going to concerts both big and small, comedy shows, watching tv-series and movies, reading, pretending to be a photographer, meditating, exploring the arts, exercising and taking care of my health (physical, spiritual, and mental), indulging in good food, and traveling – in and out of my RV, which is also my full-time home. Yep, we live the tiny home life in a 5th wheel trailer and love it! I also 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.

I pride myself on being very authentic and laid back; I encourage you to be with me as well when you are comfortable doing so.  Authenticity is hugely important for any relationship, especially in therapy, to work well and be beneficial. I find there is a lot of power in being vulnerable; but this authenticity requires deep trust which comes in time.

If you think I might be right for your journey, click below and book a time to explore us working together.

Musings

The season of hmm…

Whatever is making you go hmm this holiday season, don’t forget to give yourself grace and welcome all the feels. Take some quiet time to be still, or have a little stupid fun – even if it’s just giggling at the plop and wiggle of the cranberry jelly coming out of the can (once it decides it’s ready).