Who We Are
Matt Bishop , MA IMF
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
"We try so hard, but for all the wrong things.
I lived for so long chasing the dream of a perfect life. The most important part of the dream was earning the admiration of my friends, family, and my greater community. Narcissistic behavior was modeled for me by the primary male figure in my life so I learned how to win others over with ease. Yet somehow the dream I was chasing eluded me despite accomplishing one goal after another. So I tried harder and harder and the ends always justified the means. I had no problem compromising my moral beliefs in order to chase the dream. Telling a lie was nothing if it meant avoiding looking like a failure. The stress of having to maintain a perfect image lead me to act out sexually in many damaging ways. With an outside appearance of success, but a life full of lies and a damaging and harmful addiction to pornography, I felt like the world’s biggest fraud, and the admission to that false life was the beginning of my life in reality.
I’ve been a devoted attendee to a 12-step program as well as in and out of therapy for the last 8 years. Little by little I have surrendered the dream of a perfect life and have woken up to the reality of an authentic one. I have found that meaningful relationships are not earned by impressing people, in fact they aren’t earned at all - they are grown from the soil of authenticity.
I love working with people who are longing to experience the freedom that authenticity provides. I believe the damaging behavior we may engage in or the false image we may project to the world all serves a function to avoid pain and gain love. When you engage in the therapeutic process with me you will experience a space free of judgment and full of grace and understanding, you will experience challenges to set aside your false-self, and you’ll experience the freedom of self-acceptance."
Matt specializes in:
- Recovery from sexual addiction
- Overcoming personal or family secrets
- Depression, apathy, or hopelessness
- Social, vocational, or relational Anxiety
- Helping couples reconnect after broken trust
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #80262
Supervised by a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University
M.A. in Counseling Psychology from National University
Ed.D. Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Behavioral Health from Grand Canyon University (Currently enrolled)