Matthew Holley, MA, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California and has been with PEP since November 2015. Matthew highly values providing a safe space where individuals can share their difficulties and challenges, and assisting clients in identifying goals for treatment so that therapy can be an effective process which yields real results in their lives.
Matthew actually began his career in education after graduating from college in 1994, teaching English and social studies at a maximum security juvenile detention center in the western suburbs of Chicago. Three years in that position helped Matthew realize that he wanted to pursue a career in psychology, so he left Chicago and attended graduate school at Gordon-Conwell on the north shore of Boston, graduating with a Masters of Counseling in 2000. Following graduation, Matthew worked as a therapist at an outpatient counseling center in Ipswich, Massachusetts for three years before moving to New York City. In his 6 years there he worked as a family therapist at the Bed-Stuy Family Center in Brooklyn, and then at FEGS Health & Human Services in Manhattan doing assessment coordination and clinical case reviews.
In 2009, Matthew moved to San Diego and worked as Program Coordinator at the New Vistas Crisis Center for 4 years, providing individual and group therapy in an intensive short-term residential setting. He also worked with the San Diego VA & UCSD Marine Resiliency Study, a long-term PTSD study with active duty Marines, conducting clinical interviews over a three year span. For the two years prior to joining PEP, Matthew worked as a therapist at the Areta Crowell Center, an outpatient treatment center in the Bankers Hill neighborhood of San Diego, providing individual and group therapy to a large and diverse population.
Matthew has found DBT to be a highly comprehensive and applicable therapy which can help make significant improvements in relationships, decision making, and daily effectiveness by changing thought patterns and emotional behaviors that just don’t work. He has completed a comprehensive DBT training with Kate Comtois, Ph.D., MPH and Jennifer Waltz, Ph.D., and a Dialectical Therapy in Action training with Shari Manning, Ph.D. and Kate Comtois, Ph.D.