Meet Matt

Matt JohnstonM.Ed, RCC

Centered Lifestyle Services is founded by author, educator and public speaker Matt Johnston. A clinical counsellor and full-time professional fire fighter, Matt has mastered the art of closing the gap between mental health services and first responders. Through his proactive, strengths-based approach, Matt’s ultimate goal is to alleviate the mental health crisis gripping first responders across North America.

Matt’s skill set is grounded by twenty years of study in the field of psychology and over ten years in clinical practice.  His unique approach to conceptualizing trauma is an introspective blend of academic training, clinical practice and direct experience of attending over 2,000 emergency calls as a fire fighter in the Metro Vancouver area.

Matt is the creator of an innovative course for mental health professionals titled Occupational Awareness Training for Therapists: Understanding First Responder Trauma.   This ‘first of its kind’ initiative provides specialized training to counsellors who look to build a sustainable, working relationship with first responders.

Matt is certified in Expressive-Based Therapies, Critical Incident Stress Management and Cognitive Behavioural approaches to counselling. He has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University (2001) and a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia (2006). Matt has been a member with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors since 2007.

In his personal time, Matt enjoys spending time with his family, distance running and working with marginalized children utilizing his therapy dog Soul.