Matthew Bretz, MA, RMHCI
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
Areas of Specialization:
Depression and Anxiety
Compulsive Sexual Behavior
Grief and Loss
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Person Centered / Humanistic
Choice and Reality Theory
Matt Bretz was born in Rockledge, Florida shortly after his father was stationed at Patrick Air Force Base and grew up along the Space Coast playing in the waves of the Atlantic. Around 8 years of age, Matt was diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome. Throughout his formative years and into adulthood, he refused to accept his disorder as a disability and instead embraced the unique perspective it taught him about loneliness, isolation and living with a marked difference from others around him. It was this life lesson in empathy that grew into a want to help others through whatever suffering they endure.
After graduating from Eau Gallie High School with Honors, he received his Associate of Arts Degree from Eastern Florida State College before going on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Certificate in Behavioral Forensics from the University of Central Florida. While working on his Bachelor’s Degree at UCF, and subequnetly a Master’s Degree in Clincal Mental Health Counseling from Webster University, Matt interned with a Forensic Psychologist where he gained 6 years experience working with court ordered sex offenders. Matt is currently working on his PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Whether working with couples, individuals, or in a group setting, Matt has developed the ability to put others at ease and genuinely cares about his patients. He believes in working with patients in a team effort to understand and process issues together. Matt works hard at being accessible and relatable to anyone and everyone in need.