Seeing yourself differently is often the first step to living the life you truly want to live.
Matt Edge, MS., LPC-Associate, NCC
Supervised by Melinda Porter, MA, LPC-S
From an early age, Matt always knew he wanted to go into a career that allowed him to help people. Way before he knew anything about counseling, Matt set a goal to be the guy that makes the people around him happier, whether that be through trying to make someone laugh, giving a needed complement, or simply just being there when they needed someone to listen to. In pursuit of this goal, Matt graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a minor in nutrition science. He then went on to the University of North Texas to collect his Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Matt now holds the license of LPC-intern, while also earning a National Certified Counselor (NCC) designation.
One of Matt’s main passions is working with clients who are struggling with chronic pain or illness. As someone who has had his fair share of injuries, Matt has a soft spot in his heart for the struggles that come with having a significant pain that just won’t go away. Often, feelings of hopelessness, depression, and despair are associated with the feeling that things might not get better. Matt’s primary goal for these clients is to help them find a sense of purpose and meaning that allows them to continue on, even if the pain or illness does not go away. Chronic pain and illness can also take away aspects of life that may previously have been significant. Whether that be losing the ability to play a sport, losing the capability to work a job, or not being able to do things such as hold a child or grandchild, there is a sense of grief and loss that can come with significant injury or illness. Learning to adapt to these new changes is a process that no one should have to go through alone, and Matt seeks to make sure everyone has a safe space to process and grieve that loss.
Finally, people who struggle with anger are often viewed as bad people, but anger can lead to broken relationships, feeling misunderstood and helpless, and ultimately feeling isolated and alone. Helping those who are struggling with managing their anger to learn how to properly express themselves in a healthy and constructive way is another passion for Matt. Although a lot has changed since first setting his goal, Matt still strives to make each person he interacts with just a little bit happier!
Teen depression is a serious mental health problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It affects how your teenager thinks, feels, and behaves, and it can cause emotional, functional, and physical problems. Although depression can occur at any time in life, symptoms may be different between teens and adults.
Chronic Pain and Illness
Chronic pain can feel like slow torture, making it difficult for you to go to work, exercise, or even take a shower and dress yourself.
If your pain is out of control, it can also take an emotional toll on you, undermining your self-esteem, and coloring your outlook.
Sports Performance Anxiety
Performance anxiety symptoms are often present in athletes. While some people become “pumped up” during the competition, if you interpret the rush of adrenaline as anxiety and negative thoughts take over, this can interfere with your ability to perform.
Anger management is the process of learning to recognize signs that you’re becoming angry and taking action to calm down and deal with the situation in a productive way. … Anger is a normal, healthy emotion when you know how to express it appropriately — anger management is about learning how to do this
Addiction is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful onsequences. People with addiction (severe substance use disorder) have an intense focus on using a certain substance(s), such as alcohol or drugs, to the point that it takes over their life.
Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health disorder in which you can’t stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance — a flaw that appears minor or can’t be seen by others. But you may feel so embarrassed, ashamed, and anxious that you may avoid many social situations.
Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable.
Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous.
Grief is a reaction to any form of loss. Bereavement is a type of grief involving the death of a loved one.
Bereavement and grief encompass a range of feelings from deep sadness to anger. The process of adapting to a significant loss can vary dramatically from one person to another.
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About Edge Therapy
We offer individual counseling for Men’s Issues, Teen Depression and Anxiety, and Anger Management, but also offer services for general depression and anxiety, chronic pain and illness, addiction, sports performance anxiety, body dysmorphia, and grief counseling.
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