Ottawa Team

Mathew Gendron, M.A.

At different points in our lives, we struggle with uncomfortable or distressing thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and relationship experiences. Many of us try, and are at times successful, in dealing with these challenges on our own. Other times, we need additional support to move through our distress. Reaching out for help can be difficult, so I commend you for doing so. I hope the overview below helps you determine if I might be the right therapist for you. If so, I look forward to connecting with and supporting you.

In individual therapy, I support clients who are facing personal, interpersonal, and social challenges. This includes but is not limited to concerns with low mood, anxiety, sex, and relationships. These challenges can be burdensome and sometimes result in undesired or painful thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. I work with clients to help them reduce distress related to these difficulties, and to explore their preferred ways of being in relation to these problems.

In sex and relationship/couples therapy, I work with partners navigating a range of diverse sexual and interpersonal challenges. Whether facing concerns with sexual function, partnered communication, or challenges with monogamy/non-monogamy, I work to involve all partners in the therapeutic process. I attend to the dynamics between partners to cultivate preferred and pleasurable relationships.

Throughout my therapeutic work, I have been particularly invested the areas of sex and sexuality. I have supported clients exploring a range of topics in these areas, including problematic sexual behaviours, concerns with sexual functioning (e.g., ejaculation timing, erection concerns, etc.), and am particularly experienced in working with queer sexualities, masculinities, and their intersections.

At the beginning of therapy, you and I will work toward a joint understanding of your current distress and your therapy goals. We will also conduct a thorough assessment to better understand your current distress, including in-session conversation and the use of questionnaires. My therapeutic practice is considered integrative and grounded in the therapeutic relationship. This means in our work together will bring together various evidence-based therapy approaches and knowledge about how the therapeutic relationship leads to psychological change, to move you toward your therapeutic goals. Regardless of whether we pursue the more structured practices of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) or more process-oriented therapeutic approaches, you can expect a therapeutic experience characterized by deep care, respect, and authenticity.

I am currently completing my doctoral (Ph.D.) studies in Counselling Psychology at The University of British Columbia. I hold a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from Simon Fraser University and have provided therapy services in community, post-secondary, and private practice settings. Most recently, I supported individuals and couples navigating a host of sex-related concerns at the West Coast Centre for Sex Therapy in Vancouver, British Columbia. At the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships, I am a pre-doctoral psychology resident providing therapy and assessment services under the supervision of Dr. Karine Côté, C.Psych. and Dr. Aleks Milosevic, C.Psych.

In addition to my therapeutic experience, I am also involved in community-based research and practice. I have published in the areas of queer sex and sexuality, and my ongoing doctoral research explores how men who have sex with men position themselves in their stories about sex.




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