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Matthew "Matty" Jernigan, LCSW
they/them/theirs
Senior Counselor
Fully Licensed
Specialized in Trauma

“We have to give people the room to be who they are; the courage to change and alter and grow.” Miss Major Griffin-Gracy 

Howdy, neighbor. I hope you allow yourself to take a moment to recognize how much work you’ve done to get to this place. You’ve survived this long, and you should be proud. For many of us, surviving on its own just doesn’t cut it anymore, and we need to make some changes to live a fuller, more nurturing life. Therapy can be a place where you begin to notice the changes needed, and get the assistance to step into the courage it takes to enact them. It is my goal that we engage in collaborative healing that you will experience as safe, free of judgment, confidential, occasionally humorous, and always kind.

Therapy can come with lots of questions, even for folks that have experienced it before. I aim to practice with transparency so that there is no mystery in our work together. I practice from a trauma informed, person-centered approach. I believe you walk in the door with tons of expertise and insight. I can act as a gentle reminder and accountability partner on your journey toward achieving your goals. If we have a client-therapist relationship built on empathy and trust, we can also develop insight on the struggles bringing you to therapy. Whether it be: navigating unexpected life transitions, coming into your own identity, releasing shame, resisting obsessive-compulsive behaviors, handling suicidal thoughts or self-harm, living with ADHD, processing trauma, or dealing with depression; I will reinforce your inherent worth and strengths you already possess.

Mental health has for far too long operated from a paternalistic, patriarchal, and white supremacist lens. In our work together, I hope we can interrogate those practices, take what’s useful to us, and toss the rest. I know you understand that our current systems are unsustainable and harmful. Therapy alone may not be able to abolish these systems, but by working on ourselves, we can be better equipped to engage fully in community toward building a more loving world.

I am a white, queer individual originally from North Carolina who moved to Texas by way of Portland, Oregon. I have a dog named Jolene and enjoy exploring the outdoors, storytelling, roller coasters, and listening to audiobooks and podcasts.

If you would like to learn more about what it would be like to work together, please feel free to reach out by calling me at 512/201-4501, ext. 272.

I look forward to hearing from you and wish you well.

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MORE ABOUT Matthew

Rates

Starts at $150/hr*

*Actual rates subject to
counsellor openings

Area of Expertise

Anxiety & Stress, Depression, Trauma, Identity Formation

Collaborative, Relational, Authentic

Anti-Oppressive, Anti-Racist, LGBTQIA+ Affirming, Sex-Positive

Specializations

Trauma

Services

Couples Counseling
Groups & Classes
Individual Counseling

Locations

Highland
Offsite
South Banister

Works With

Affair Recovery
Anger Management
Anxiety & Stress
Career Transitions
Caregiver Fatigue
Chronic Illness
Communication Issues
Conflict Resolution
Death & Dying
Depression/Low Mood
Development Trauma
Divorce
Domestic Violence
Exploring Sexuality/Sexual Expression
Gender Identity
Grief & Loss
High Conflict Couple
Identity Development/Exploration
Imposter Syndrome
Inner Critic/Negative Self Talk
Interrupted Sleep/Insomnia
Issues Related to Oppression
Issues with Parents
Life Transitions
Loneliness/Isolation
Low Self-Esteem
Neurodivergence (ADD/Autism)
Non-Monogamy/Polyamory
Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies
Perfectionism
Personal Growth
Premarital Issues
Problem Thoughts
Problems at School
Problems at Work
Relationship Issues
Relationship to Food/Body
Spirituality
Substance Use
Trauma
Troubled Childhood
Troublesome Behaviors

Techniques & Experience

ACT - Values Based Therapy
Anxiety alleviation experience
Career counseling
CBT oriented
DBT trained/informed
Effective with high-conflict couples
EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy)
Experienced in domestic violence
Familiar with substance abuse
Focused on practicing skills
Gottman Method
HAES/Intuitive eating
Helpful with mid-20's challenges
IFS (Parts work)
Integrates art therapies
Mindfulness modalities
Practices from an anti-racist lens
Solution-focused/Brief Therapy
Specializing in grief, loss, death, dying
Trauma-focused

Qualities

Active sense of humor
Anxiety alleviation experience
Calm & slow-paced
Enjoys working with first-time therapy clients
Enjoys working with older adults
Enjoys working with young adults
Familiar with military culture
Friendly & direct
LGBTQIA+ Affirming
Lived experience/Identity affirming
Professional experience other than counseling
Spiritually sensitive
Warm & caring
Youthful

ADDITIONAL INFO

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512-201-4501 ext 272

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