Get to Know Me

Matt Bynum MA, LPC

           Research shows that the most important variable in the effectiveness of therapy is the relationship between client and therapist, or the “therapeutic alliance.” So, allow me to introduce myself! I grew up in Evergreen, Colorado. I attended Western Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado and graduated with a B.A. in Outdoor Leadership. I went on to instruct wilderness backpacking courses, climbing trips, and mountaineering adventures for adolescents and young adults for over a decade. During that time, I worked at numerous organizations including the Colorado Outward Bound School, Colorado Mountain College, and the Eagle Rock School. During my graduate studies at Naropa University, I was offered a therapist intern position at People House, a non-profit that offers reduced fee counseling for people in the Denver area. This experience and community shaped who I would become as a therapist. I graduated from Naropa University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. After graduating, I went on to work at a small therapy group practice in Boulder called the Metis Center and served men in addiction recovery at a treatment center called Choice House for two years. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. 

 

        I have many interests aside from counseling which enable me to show up fully in the therapy seat. I enjoy rock climbing, backpacking, traveling, and most of all, practicing the martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I also love spending time with friends and family, and logging quality time with my wife. 

 

        I believe that life is filled with challenges that we are not meant to take on alone. Having a variety of experiences in outdoor education, community-based non-profits and addiction treatment enables me to bring a variety of perspectives into the room with clients. I approach each relationship as valuable and I utilize a collaborative, strengths-based approach with each individual I work with. I integrate a variety of theoretical lenses which allow for new experiences to take place. These include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Contemplative Psychotherapy, as well as Psychodramatic, existential, and Experiential modalities. I love watching clients take charge of their lives, and step into more autonomy, bravery, and ownership of their story through the therapeutic process. Through our work together, you will gain increased self-awareness, authenticity, and practical tools to help you deal with life’s difficulties. 

                       Together, change is possible.