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 facilitating their growth and recovery. 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. 

State of Colorado

Licensed Professional Counselor #12306

Licensed Addiction Counselor #621

State of Texas

Licensed Professional Counselor (pending)

State of Michigan

Firefighter & Hazmat Specialist

Emergency Medical Responder #1599396



Supporting Your Success


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. Call or email now to find out how you can get a recommendation for an official emotional support animal.


Embrace Life’s Challenges

When you want to make changes, or need to but aren't sure where to start, you're ready to schedule a session. Whether you're dealing with stress, trauma, depression, relationship issues, or addiction, you need an experienced counselor to help expedite your relief. Call or email now to get started.

Insurance accepted: TriWest, Aetna, Anthem, Bright Health, Cigna, United, UMR, Peak Health, Kaiser Permanente, along with several others. I also offer a sliding scale for those without insurance and accept some voucher programs. I never let finances be the deciding factor between you and the changes you want to make.


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: $15 each participant, 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 as a supplement to traditional intensive outpatient program and intensive residential treatment groups. It is facilitated by a licensed mental health and addiction counselor in recovery, who is also an active volunteer firefighter and emergency medical provider.

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: $20 each participant, plus standard I.R.S. reimbursable expenses. Request a quote today!


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.



Want to hear more about how I can transform your life? Contact me today to schedule a session. I am in network with 
Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bright Health, Cigna, United, and several other major insurance carriers and offer a sliding scale payment option to ensure finances are never the deciding factor for the changes you want to make. Contact me today. I look forward to meeting you!

Phone 970-363-4031

Fax 970-360-1011




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