Hi! I'm Dr. Grant, an Indiana native with over 14 years in the field. In 2008, 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 started in 2002 and 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 mainly 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 also had 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. 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! You can read more about Psychodynamic Psychotherapy under my About tab.
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 (i.e. small 't' traumas), grief and loss, substance-related disorders driven by underlying intrapsychic issues, couples-related issues including sexual addiction, and dysphoria related to sexuality and gender identity. A focus of my practice is geared towards working with those identified as part of the LGBT+ community and their allies. I also run a gay men's group titled, Living Out Your Gifts. I also facilitate a Health & Wellness Group. You can read more about these services under my Services tab.
Given my health psychology background, I have an interest in health and wellness and use an integrative medicine paradigm approach with many patients. I tend to see the broader environment in which my patients live and function, and thus, adhere to a mental health recovery model which is easily supported from an integrative medicine approach. For example, ‘I am not my depression, but that depression is a part of me.’ 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. From a medical model perspective, the ‘illness’ is the focus, in mental health recovery, the ‘whole’ patient is the focus (e.g., movement/exercise, eating well/hydration, relationships, culture, faith/spirituality, employment, mental illness 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. Even though I do not generally work from a medical model perspective, I appreciate, support, and understand the importance of medication management as a resource for my patients in managing their symptoms, if or when needed.
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. 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. If that is you, please make contact. Once we complete a brief phone consult, we’ll go from there.