Matthew Fish is a Licensed Professional Counselor - Intern, supervised by Emily Van Pelt, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S. With specific training working with children, adolescents, adults, and marriages, Matthew seeks to provide a holistic perspective when working with people. Using evidenced-based practices, Matthew endeavors to provide an environment and appropriate tools to help people along their journey in life.
Matthew received his Bachelors degree from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN. He further pursued his M.A. in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. Currently, he is working towards his Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from Texas A&M University - Commerce. Before joining the team at Davis Counseling Center, Matthew worked at Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center and Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics in Dallas, TX gaining unique experience with a variety of aspects of mental health work. During his time at Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center, Matthew was named a Mom Approved Therapist by Dallas Child in 2017.
Working as a team, Matthew and his clients develop strategies that will work for them to continue their progress after they leave the office. Matthew focuses on creating a collaborative relationship where understanding and growth can be achieved. When working with children and adolescents, giving the child some autonomy is vital. Parent meetings and collaboration will be incorporated into the process to facilitate communication with parents about therapy progress and techniques which have proven effective. However, is important that children have the freedom to say what is needed without parents in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
Areas of focus for all ages: ADHD, ASD, learning differences, disability issues, school performance difficulties, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm, parenting/parent-child relationships, divorce care for children, trauma related issues, and marriage counseling for adults.