Dr. Grant Hi! I'm Dr. Grant (he/him/his), an Indiana native with 17 years in the field. I graduated from the University of Indianapolis, an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited clinical psychology doctoral program with an emphasis in health psychology. UINDY is a top rated school for PsyD programs. This journey included 4 years of coursework, 3 years of practicum, part-time, providing direct patient care, an oral and written case examination/defense, a dissertation, and a one-year full-time internship. While attending UINDY, I specialized in the treatment of adult patients generally in a group practice setting. This consisted of individual, couple, and group psychotherapy and psychological assessment. Assessment included neuropsychological testing and personality assessment. I completed my one year, full-time, internship in New York City at the Fifth Avenue Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy. While at the Fifth Avenue Center, I conducted psychoanalytically and psychodynamically informed psychotherapy to individuals and groups. Taken together, this journey culminated in my Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree. To obtain my license, I completed a one-year, full-time, post-doc/fellowship in behavioral medicine at the University of Florida/Shands of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, FL, a Level 1 Trauma Center. While at Shands, I worked primarily with brain and spinal cord injury patients and their families as well as any patient throughout the hospital who had a psychological compromise. I also rotated part-time in the Rainbow Center providing individual and group psychotherapy to HIV/AIDS patients. I was required to sit for the national Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) as well as Indiana’s State licensing exam. Completing my post-doc and successfully passing these exams, allowed me to become licensed as a Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP). Hence, why you will see my name written as, Matthew Grant, Psy.D., HSPP. To maintain this license, I'm required to obtain 40 hours of Continuing Education Units every 2 years.

To elaborate further on my background, I have been educated, trained and supervised in various psychotherapy approaches; however, I’ve had more extensive and specialized training, education and supervision in psychoanalytically and psychodynamically informed treatments. Meaning, I'm more interested in what's driving one’s symptoms. This could be related to a biological disposition and/or something else that might be out of one's awareness or in the unconscious. Symptoms give us a starting point; however, in my professional opinion, it's more important to understand what is driving one’s symptoms. Thus, my work is to tend to the root. When the root is tended to, the rest of the plant flourishes. By the way, I LOVE a good metaphor! 

I have also had more extensive and specialized training in working from a cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) perspective. From this perspective, we are interested in how our thinking (e.g., how we view ourselves, others and the world) impacts how we feel, which inevitably impacts how we behave. When we think healthier, we feel and behave healthier. However, this approach is typically used as an adjunct to my more insight-oriented approaches as described above. CBT is more concrete, direct, and hands-on.

As a result of my education, training and supervision experiences, I specialize in the treatment of adults and couples who struggle with mood disorders (e.g., depression, dysthymic, and bipolar disorders), anxiety disorders (e.g., GAD, OCD, phobias, and social anxiety), mild trauma, grief and loss, substance-related disorders secondary to mental health issues, relational/interpersonal issues, and men's issues including compulsive sexual behavior.

Given my health psychology background and interest in health and wellness, I use an integrative medicine paradigm approach with many patients. This means, I tend to see the broader environment in which my patients live and function. As a result, I adhere to a model of mental health recovery. For example, ‘I am not my depression, but that depression is a part of my lived experience.’ This, I believe, gives more responsibility and agency to my patients in managing their symptoms and that there is more to their lives than just their depression etc. In addition, I think it is also imperative to incorporate some sort of meditation practice, whether in the form of a guided or breath meditation. I believe this is just standard in living a balanced and healthy life.

If you choose to work with me, it is important to know that I also support patient-centered treatment. Meaning, I look to you to take me on a journey; I will not solely make your journey happen for you. While you take me on your journey, I will help guide your process. If there is something you need or want out of your treatment, I’m not a mind reader and I don’t jump to conclusions about what ‘I think’ my patients need or want. I'm not the person who is going to tell you want to do and how to do it. I'm not in business to dispense advice will-nilly and I'm not an Oracle. So, you will need to get/feel comfortable taking responsibility and having agency for the direction of your treatment. If I believe we’re going in the wrong direction or something similar, I will speak up and say something. It is also important to know that I can be candid, flippant, direct and at times confrontational. If these are traits that rub you the wrong way or make you feel uncomfortable, we can certainly talk about this; otherwise, it might behoove you to secure a provider that resonates more with your Spirit. I believe my role as a healer is an honor and a privilege and I take this role very seriously. The people who are drawn to my practice are patients who take their treatment seriously and are willing and wanting to do the hard work.

JosephHi there! My name is Joseph (he/him/his), and I am a fourth-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Indianapolis, the alma mater of Dr. Grant. I am a Latino American originally from the great state of Texas. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in clinical psychology from the Texas A&M University System.

Thus far in my pre-doctoral clinical training, I have provided therapy and evaluation services in a community-based agency, as well as in private practice and university counseling centers. In these settings, I have provided supervised psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults of diverse backgrounds and with problems and concerns small and large. I am a firm believer in the idea that, regardless of your background – your financial situation, age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, education level, mental and physical abilities, and religious and political affiliations – you are worthy of receiving quality mental health care.

There may be a multitude of internal and external reasons why you have yet to seek psychotherapy, but I am glad you’re here reading this because it may be the first step in your journey of self-exploration and of changing longstanding unhelpful and upsetting patterns of behavior. My doctoral dissertation studies how stigma – or negative attitudes towards those with a mental health condition – makes seeking out psychotherapy very difficult, often for fear of negative judgment and discrimination, which are very real and valid concerns. My hope is that my research will inform educational programs to reduce mental health stigma at large.

When it comes to therapy modalities I use with clients, I tend to incorporate ideas and techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), interpersonal therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. I am particularly interested in obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and the most effective treatment for this condition, exposure and response prevention (ERP).

Thank you for learning about me, and I hope to learn about you as we work together in getting you where you want to go.


Hello! My name is Rachael (she/her/hers) and I am a fourth-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Indianapolis, an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited program. I recently completed my Master’s Degree with UIndy—one degree down, one to go! I am originally from a (very) small town in Michigan, and graduated with my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Calvin College, with minors in English literature and gender studies. My free time is usually spent exploring with my dog, reading, or knitting.

My clinical track in my graduate program is generalist in nature, and I consider myself to be an integrative clinician. What I love about integrative therapy is that I can meet my clients where they are with a broad range of tools, pulling from interpersonal-humanistic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and psychodynamic therapies. I have prior experience with adult group therapy, assessment with adolescents, and individual therapy with adults.

I enjoy doing therapy because it enables us to look back at different chapters in our lives and see how they connect to form the story of who we are. But the best part is being able to help my clients write their current and future chapters: to be able to see the growth everyone is capable of, and to encourage my clients as they understand themselves more fully and develop into the best version of themselves. Wherever you may be in your story, therapy can be a great place to process experiences, build skills, or explore new habits. Therapy is also a place for people from diverse backgrounds, and I strive to provide culturally-competent care.

My clinical interests include sexuality and gender, emerging adulthood, and assessment. I am an LGBT+ allied, kink-affirming therapist. I am working to complete my doctoral dissertation, which is focused on sexual education and sexual well-being among college students on the Autism Spectrum.

I am very excited to be working with NorthStar Psychological + Consultation Services for the 2021-2022 year, and I look forward to hearing your story as we work together!

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