Are you having difficulty in your social, work, love, or relationship life? Perhaps not adjusting well to a new or changing life situation? Feeling highly anxious or poorly with no physical cause? Having difficulties or conflicts in intimate or other relationships? I can assist you with these and other issues, and successfully moving forward, towards your more ideal life.
My name is Matthew Laker. I am an American citizen and native English speaker living in Prague since 2010.
In 2009, following 7 reasonably successful years in the field of ‘litigation support’ at a global Fortune 100 company, I was ‘called’ to alter my course mid-career to pursue my original intended study in the field of psychology, graduating in 2013 with an MA degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Lasalle University at the University of New York in Prague (UNYP). I am currently finishing my research oriented PhD in the First Faculty of Medicine at Charles University in Prague with a dissertation topic on aviophobia, meditation and post traumatic growth.
I take a supportive, non-judgmental approach to the practice. Generally I do not give ‘advice’ as in my view, it is you who are the ‘expert’ on your life situation Instead we will work together as equal partners in approaching the relevant issues. My theoretical orientation is ‘eclectic’, as I prefer to bring the most effective ‘tool’ to a given situation including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existential approaches, and also Time Perspective Therapy used for working with a difficult or traumatic past. Additionally I utilize a method of hypnotherapy developed by he luminary Milton Erickson which may assist in rapid improvement with some difficulties. A dedicated session for hypnotherapy may be booked below.
I offer service to:
Children-on a case by case basis.
Marital or intimate partner therapy.
I utilize a positive oriented method of "couples therapy" which is short term, and extremely effective. Although every situation is different and results do vary, the method is intended to "reset" the couple back to the happy early days of their relationship.
Typically following a first session, the distressed couple are "looking at each other like two teenagers experiencing their first love", holding hands, and again both thrilled with their wonderful partner who they are lucky enough to be in a relationship with. They will generally tend to go home and calmly resolve the difficulties in their relationship.
This effect typically occurs even in couples who are together for decades, and also in more difficult situations such as an affair. Typically only 1-3 sessions are necessary.