Hi! I'm Dr. Grant (he/him/his), 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 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. Although my practice is inclusive of all, a niche of my practice is tailored towards working with those identified as part of the LGBT+ community, namely gay men and their allies. Regarding group therapy, I facilitate a gay men's group titled, Living Out Your Gifts, based on the work of Ray Rigoglioso and his book titled, Gay Men & The New Way Forward. In addition to group work, my doctoral practicum student facilitates a Health & Wellness Group once yearly.
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. So, you will need to get/feel comfortable taking responsibility and having agency for the direction of your treatment. I often use the motto, 'Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.' 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.
Hi! I’m Mrnalini (she/her/hers), a second-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Indianapolis. I’m currently in the PsyD program training to become a clinical psychologist and am being supervised by Dr. Grant. I’m originally from India and moved to Indianapolis in 2018. So far, Indy has been good to me. I have been enjoying meeting and interacting with new people and learning their life's stories. I love animals, especially dogs! My hobbies include watching TV shows, eating, listening to music, singing and traveling. I’m a big believer of self-love and self-care. Stay tuned, I will be leading a health, self-care and wellness group! If you worry and have negative thoughts about yourself and your body, this is the perfect group for you!
My undergraduate and ongoing graduate studies in psychology have taught me theories, therapy and assessments; this has motivated me to further pursue graduate work in the clinical field. The experience of learning about the human mind and the complex ways that we function inspires me! Being curious with understanding myself, I believe studying and practicing psychology has led to a lot of insight about myself. It has also encouraged me to work towards becoming a better version.
My ultimate professional career goal is to own a private practice where I work with the adolescent and adult populations from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. While at NorthStar, I’m interested in using psychodynamic therapies and interventions in my practice. Should you choose to work with me, we’ll work together on getting you to where you’re trying to go, wherever that may be.
Hello! I’m Marguerite (she/her/hers), a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Indianapolis. I will be supervised by Dr. Grant. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Purdue University, and as a result, am a huge Purdue sports fan, which can be disappointing especially during football season. I am originally from California but have spent most of my adolescence and adulthood in Indiana. In my free time, I enjoy reading thriller and mystery novels, binge watching Netflix shows, trying new restaurants with my husband, and traveling. I have a 2-year-old Australian Shepherd and she is such a big ball of fluff and energy!
My work as a case manager prior to enrolling in the PsyD program at UIndy motivated me to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology. I felt I could impact my client’s lives in the most meaningful way by being trained in psychotherapy and assessment. So far in my graduate studies, I have completed a year of psychotherapy at Butler University’s counseling center, and I am also currently at IU School of Medicine conducting neuropsychological assessments. I have an interest in working with the adult population, specifically young adult professionals.
I firmly believe that sharing the therapy space with you is a privilege. I know I will learn from you, just like I hope you will learn a few things by working with me!