Matthew McCullough

Matthew McCullough (He/His, They/Their)

Licensed Professional Counselor


Areas of focus: loss of faith/religious trauma, substance use/harm reduction, integration therapy, relationship issues, depression, anxiety

Client Status

accepting clients



5014 NE 15th Ave


Portland, 97211

At a Glance


Rate: $150

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2013

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Group
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Ideal Client

I can assist with many of life's difficulties, and you are a great fit if any of the following apply to you: You are struggling to find meaning or how to determine next steps after leaving a religious group. You are contemplating making changes to your substance use but not quite ready to commit to treatment. You are experiencing relationship issues, especially nontraditional forms. You are experiencing impacts to your quality of life due to anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns.

My Approach to Helping

My approach to counseling centers around identifying the things that matter the most to you and the strengths and abilities you’ve used to survive in this life so far, creating a safe space to look more closely at the difficult areas of life that don’t appear to have easy answers. I see therapy as a healing and creative process, where my training and knowledge act as a mirror to help you unlock your own expertise on yourself. I have over five years of outpatient counseling experience, including individual counseling and group therapy facilitation. My experience includes mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and process addiction treatment (gambling, technology, etc.), and crisis management and intervention. I ascribe to a humanistic-existentialist philosophy and utilize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Internal Family Systems. I also incorporate mindfulness and somatic-based skills from a neuroscience-informed basis.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

My practice is affirming to all people, with particular awareness of the unique ways religion and spirituality have impacted LGBTQ people. I am familiar with the particular concerns transgender individuals face, and the transitioning process. I am open to clients who practice diverse relationships styles (polyamory, kink/BDSM). I strive to maintain cultural humility, both by remaining active in my education around diverse populations, and by being open to and welcoming critical feedback.

Issues I Treat


  • Spirituality External link

    I have had a lifelong interest in spirituality since I was a child raised as a Presbyterian. After my own crisis of faith in my middle school years, I have pursued knowledge of world religions, and deepened my knowledge of theology and philosophy. I have extensive knowledge of both Christianity and Buddhism, though personally identify as having a secular spirituality. I see ways in which spirituality can be a tremendous help to one's mental health, as well as a cause of stress and trauma.

  • Polyamorous and Open Relationships External link

    I have a wide knowledge of different ways people relate to each other and strive to create a non-judgmental environment where the unique situations one may face are treated with respect. I am also familiar with the range of gender identities, and have been with several friends through their transitioning experience.

  • Anxiety External link

    I offer instruction in using mindfulness and somatic techniques to help create room around anxiety to allow for greater flexibility in one's life. I have extensive knowledge of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is a modern approach to getting back to a life worth living so that anxiety no longer runs the show.

  • Political Climate External link

    In this current era, many people are experiencing the stress that comes along with existential uncertainty, locally, nationally, and ecologically. My existential-humanist background recognizes approaches these concerns without pathologizing or oversimplifying. Instead, I help you determine what approach is right for you, as well as providing tools to manage and work with uncomfortable emotions we inevitably face when considering our human predicament.

  • Drug Dependence / Abuse / Addiction External link

    I've worked in an outpatient addiction recovery program for the past 3 years, and previously worked in a gambling addiction treatment program for 3 years. I am knowledgeable on both chemical and process addictions (gambling, internet, etc.). My personal philosophy is centered around harm reduction principles where the focus is on your goals, including moderation if you choose.

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