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Challenger Point is a 14,087' mountain in Colorado. It is named in honor of the astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger that exploded in 1986. At the summit, a plaque reads "Ad Astra Per Aspera", which is Latin for "To the stars through adversity." This phrase captures the mission of Challenger Point Practice, the personality of owner Matthew William Carlson, and the attitude we want to help you have when you're facing hardtimes.



Experienced Counselor

Licensed since 2012, I’ve been counseling clients throughout the Winter Park, Colorado area and via teletherapy in Colorado, Texas, Florida, and Michigan.  If you are ready for change, lets talk. We'll develop a solid plan, measure your success, and work together until I work myself out of a job with you. 

Specialties: Emergency Responder Support, Military - Veteran Support, Posttraumatic Stress Injuries (PTSD), Trauma, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Spirituality, Addiction, Life Transitions, Intimate - Romantic Relationships, Family Relationships, Telehealth

Approaches: Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Cognitive Processing*, Emotionally Focused (Couples), Hope Focused Marriage Counseling, Family Systems, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)*, Prolonged Exposure*, Motivational Interviewing, Christian Counseling, Family - Marital, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, Mindfulness, Relational, Written Exposure Therapy*

*Veteran Affairs - Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guidelines and Evidence Based Treatments for PTSD

State of Colorado

Licensed Professional Counselor #12306

Licensed Addiction Counselor #621

State of Texas

Licensed Professional Counselor #86425

State of Michigan

Licensed Professional Counselor (pending)

Firefighter & Hazmat Specialist

Emergency Medical Responder #1599396

State of Florida

Registered Licensed Out-of-State Teletherapy Provider #TPMC1178

Registered Office Address: 7901 4th St N, Ste 300, St. Petersburg, FL, 33702

For more information: https://flhealthsource.gov/telehealth/, 

In-Network with: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Apostrophe, Bright Health, Colorado Medicaid, Cigna, Cigna TPA, Cigna EAP, EBMS, Empathia, Friday Health Plans, Peak Health, Kaiser Permanente, Kaiser Permanente EPO, Optum/United-EAP, Oscar Health Plan, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, United Healthcare, United UMR, United All Savers, United BIND, United GEHA/Shared Services, United HealthScope Benefits, United Healthcare, United Healthcare Golden Rule, United Oxford, United Student Resources, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, Veteran Affairs, along with several others and use GreenPoint Med for billing. 

Matthew offers a sliding scale for those without insurance, accepts several voucher and employee assistance programs where employees may receive complimentary sessions at no out-of-pocket cost.

Matthew will never let finances be the deciding factor between you and the changes you want to make. Contact Matthew for a brief 15-minute phone consultation to answer your questions.



Supporting Your Success

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Your Special Companion

Life throws many surprises at us, and while we cannot predict the outcome of any situation, we can take control of how we respond to certain situations, especially when we have a furry friend at our side.

A Psychiatric Service Dog or ESA recommendation is a great step toward enhancing your personal growth and recovery and to address mental health challenges. Call or email now to find out how you can get a recommendation for a psychiatric service dog or emotional support animal.

Your provider will schedule a diagnostic assessment with you, ensure you meet criteria for a differential diagnosis, and discuss with you how your service dog or ESA may help you address limitations caused by your mental health condition(s). 

The cost of this diagnostic service may be billed to your health insurance, provided we are credentialed and considered "in network" with your insurance. If you do not have insurance or cannot use your insurance for some reason, we charge a flat $80 fee and $20 for each extra document requested to be filled out by a licensed mental health professional. Please contact 970-363-4031 or info@challenger-point.com for more information. 


Embrace Life’s Challenges

When you want to make changes, or need something to change in your life but aren't sure where to start, let's talk. Whether you're dealing with anxiety, traumatic events, depression, relationship issues, gambling, gaming, problem drinking or addiction, you need an experienced counselor to help expedite your relief. 

Matthew is skilled in working with first responders (e.g. Firefighters, Police, Parole, EMS, Dispatch, SAR, etc.), military service members, veterans, nurses, physicians, and others exposed to traumatic stress. 

To get started, fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page. Matthew will invite you by email to complete your 'Therapy Portal', which is used for scheduling, billing, record keeping, teletherapy, emergency contact information, etc. Matthew will also send you his 'Professional Disclosure' via email and request you to review and e-sign it. Once your portal is complete and you have signed the professional disclosure, you will be ready to schedule your initial appointment.

All teletherapy appointments are conducted using a HIPPA and 42 CFR Part 2 compliant teletherapy platform on www.therapyportal.com. When you are ready for your appointment, log into your portal and click on your appointment. Matthew will see you there! 

Bridge Over River


Education for Adversity

This two-hour resilience training is a favorite among many of my clients, as hardiness and humor are often times two of the keys to a happier, healthier life, feeling more effective at work, and remaining calm under pressure. My job is to give you the tools and techniques to achieve a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle. You will become well-versed at handling issues whenever and wherever they arise. Cost is determined by each participant in attendance, plus standard I.R.S. reimbursable expenses. Request a quote today!


Trauma Informed Self-Defense, Mental Health, and Addiction Recovery Training for Treatment Programs

This unique two-hour health and wellness class teaches a combination of Krav Maga self-defense techniques, cognitive behavioral coping skills, trauma and addiction education, and motivational interviewing to inspire hope, encourage recovery, empower assertiveness, group cohesion, and makes treatment fun!

This class is specifically designed for traditional intensive outpatient, residential treatment, and corporate groups. It is facilitated by a licensed mental health and addiction counselor, who is also a licensed medical first responder.

Class is held at your site, includes all safety equipment, insurance coverage, and only requires a space big enough to freely move around (inside or out). The instructor adjusts the class to comply with all COVID-19 and infectious disease precautions, those early in recovery, client's with trauma exposure, and takes into consideration various health conditions and injuries. No experience is necessary to participate. Those not actively engaged in the physical activities can benefit from observation. This class is designed for everyone, including staff. Cost is determined by each participant in attendance, plus standard I.R.S. reimbursable expenses. Request a quote today!

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The All Mountain Store

Challenger Point Apparel is "the all mountain store” with apparel, footwear, accessories, and gear for mountain people and their pets. A portion of all sales are donated to Columbia Point Scholarship, which provides funding for trauma treatment and resilience education for those in need.



If you're ready to get started, fill out this contact form. I will email you with instructions to complete your registration and schedule an initial appointment. I look forward to working with you!

Phone 970-363-4031

Fax 970-360-1011

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