Dr. Matthew Fish is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), with specific training working with children, adolescents, adults, and marriages. Dr. Fish seeks to provide a holistic perspective when working with people. Using evidenced-based practices, Dr. Fish endeavors to provide an environment and appropriate tools to help people along their journey in life.
Dr. Fish received his B.A. from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN. He further pursued his M.A. in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling from Texas A&M University – Commerce. Before joining the team at Davis Counseling Center, Dr. Fish worked at Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center and Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics in Dallas, TX gaining unique experience with a variety of aspects of mental health work. During his time at Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center, Dr. Fish was named a Mom Approved Therapist by Dallas Child in 2017.
Working collaboratively, Dr. Fish and his clients develop strategies that will work for them to continue their progress after they leave the office. Dr. Fish focuses on creating a therapeutic relationship where understanding and growth can be achieved. When working with children and adolescents, giving the child some autonomy is vital. Parent meetings will be incorporated into the process to facilitate communication with parents about therapy progress and techniques which have proven effective and can be translated to other environments. However, it is important that children have the freedom to say what is needed without parents in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
Dr. Fish values research, community involvement, and raising mental health awareness. He regularly speaks at conferences, meetings, and private engagements in order to help encourage better understanding of mental health related issues for families. He has conducted formal research in areas such as ADHD, ASD, divorce, and the integration of mental health and family law.
Areas of focus for all ages: child/adolescent counseling (ages 7+), ADHD, ASD, learning differences, disability issues, school performance difficulties, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm, parenting/parent-child relationships, divorce care, and trauma-related issues.