Matt Lewandowski, MA, LPC # 17727
Centennial - 6909 S. Holly Circle, Suite 304, Centennial, CO. 80112
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna / Evernorth
140.00 per clinical hour (50 min)
When it comes to therapy, I have always used the analogy of getting a massage: Overall the goal is to have you leaving the appointment feeling better than you came in; while at certain times it might be painful, the intention is to always deepen into the issue with a goal of resolving distress. Therapy operates in a similar manner. I believe we are all experts on our own mental health, and my goal is to help you discover and take control of that expertise.
I use a variety of theoretical approaches to guide my clinical work, including person-centered, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, and mindfulness-based approaches. Additionally, I have received training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which allows me to incorporate trauma-focused techniques into my treatment to address PTSD, acute trauma, crisis, adjustment, and complex trauma.
I am passionate about working with individuals to improve not just their mental health, but their overall health and well-being. I work with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship distress, adjustment, trauma, bipolar, family dynamics, and overall life stressors. I enjoy working with couples to improve their connection and help find their way when they have been feeling lost. Oftentimes, couples express feeling more like roommates than partners. My focus is to help re-establish the love and secure attachment they are seeking.
I also have experience and a passion for working with athletes. In athletics, we often talk about performance being built on a 50-50 split between physical and mental skills. However, we rarely train our mental game with the same time and effort as our physical. My goal with athletes is to help them maximize their potential by improving their mental health and mental skills.
What will sessions be like?
My belief is that personal growth involves strong collaboration between therapist and client. I focus on establishing a strong working relationship, taking time to understand who you are and what are your goals for yourself. Our sessions will focus on a balance between establishing distress tolerance & coping skills and deepening into underlying negative beliefs. I focus on attuning to your emotions while displaying empathy but also believe that humor plays an important role in our lives and, therefore, within therapy.
For couples counseling, I primarily practice using an Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) approach. These sessions initially focus on helping us identify the negative cycle we seem to be catching ourselves in over and over, again. From this point, we can then work on improving the connection between partners using emotional expression to re-establish the bond within the relationship. When it comes to working with couples – I do not pick sides. My goal is to treat the relationship as our focus, identifying how it is that we continue to get caught in the negative cycle, rather than placing blame on one partner or the other.
Education and Background:
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Ball State University
Master of Science in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport and Exercise Psychology – UNC-Greensboro
Bachelor of Science in Psychology – Michigan State University
I am a recent transplant to Colorado, which has been a place my wife and I have longed to live for many years now. We finally made the move with our dog, Beaumont, and could not be happier. I am originally from the Midwest, growing up in Southeast Michigan. I have also lived in North Carolina, Indiana, and Ohio. I love all things athletics, both playing and watching. I enjoy hiking, playing volleyball, and golfing –or trying to golf. During the fall I find myself heavily into football – both college (Michigan State) and NFL. In the past few years I have recently gotten into reading but primarily focus on non-fiction historical novels.