Meet Our Team
Matt McClenahan, LISW
You do not have to be alone in your struggles, there is hope, & there are pathways for you to obtain the relationship & life you want.
Angie McClenahan, LISW
Hi, I’m Angie McClenahan. I specialize in anxiety. Anxiety threatened to narrow my own life back when I was 18 years old.
The STRONGHOUSE name originally came about when Angie was driving through the town we were living in at the time, and she saw a two-story brick building with the name “Strong House” at the entrance. Angie thought the name relevant and “strong” as a potential name for our counseling practice – for her (and me) the name represented the strengthening of marriages, relationships, and individuals toward their best relationship and highest self. Toward a relational and personal STRONGHOUSE.
We all have relationship and personal internal houses that are either built to last, thrive, & weather the storms & challenges of this life, or built-in manner that has made that vision very difficult to achieve – too often leading to relationship failure, anxiety, depression, & a sense of disappointment & regret when forced to truly examine one’s life. We strive, and work to help you strive, toward a life well lived, a life with limited regrets, and life where you and others can say, “well done.” We strive to help build your relational and internal STRONGHOUSE, as we have built & continue to build our own relational and internal STRONGHOUSE.
We seek to help couples develop communication skills and habits that enable relationship satisfaction, and to recognize and eliminate behaviors that lead to relationship failure. If parenting challenges contribute to difficulties in a relationship, we help couples lay a solid foundation for child rearing and better partner together for the sake of their relationship, as well as the parent-child relationship. The evidenced based Gottman method is our primary approach in working with couples.
We help individuals rebuild and strengthen their own internal houses, often impacted by symptoms of depression and anxiety. We focus on treating anxiety and depression in our practice because they are the two most common mental health issues manifesting in society today. Anxiety and depression are normal to human existence, and much of the time are simply flags for an area of growth and or healing that needs to occur. We don’t look at anxiety or depression as an enemy to destroy, but as information to study and face head on to create a deep and full life – they can be informative friends. In other words, we do not pathologize these issues; we don’t pathologize you.
We are different because we don’t see relational or mental health difficulties as singular issues to be addressed solely in subspecialties– but to be addressed in a comprehensive manner that takes into consideration the whole breadth of human experience and need– ultimately one’s worldview, values, and approach to life. Often - as our marriages and relationships go, so goes the family, as the family goes, so goes the individual, as the individual goes, so goes the society. With that understanding we aim to help couples build a strong relationship house, relatedly parents raise their children more effectively, and individuals find a pathway toward a hope filled and meaningful life – focusing on couples counseling leads not only to marital, relational, and individual good, yet also the common good.
Angie and I have built our individual, marital. parenting, and therapeutic STRONGHOUSE through many years of focused personal journeying, training, and professional experience. We have been influenced by and or have had specific training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Logotherapy, among others. Matt has completed all necessary Gottman Couples Therapy trainings to allow himself participation in the Gottman method certification program. Angie is a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP). We are both fully licensed therapists.
While our training, experience, and the evidence-based interventions we use are very relevant to serving you – it is the therapeutic relationship that we build that will prove most helpful. As therapists - we practice what we teach and have done our own personal work to be most helpful to you.
Our stories - are stories of overcoming obstacles and obtaining relationship and personal successes. These stories are shared with you as clinically appropriate and beneficial to your growth. While we cannot claim full credit for the Graces afforded to us, or the intricacies of our strengthening process, we have come to know some of the cornerstones that lead to healing and a life well lived. In humility – we look forward to sharing what we’ve learned along this life’s journey and the ‘road less traveled.” We look forward to helping you build your STRONGHOUSE.
The therapeutic journey is one of hope and an effort toward wholeness. We at Stronghouse believe in this effort and the therapeutic process whole heartedly – we believe in what the late Scott Peck called, “The Road Less Traveled.” This road is what clients walk along when they commit to the counseling experience. Most do not get on the road, let alone stay on it. Consider yourself a graced rarity – be proud of yourself.
While we believe that this road less traveled is essential and worth the effort and investment, we also acknowledge this road can be difficult at times. We are honored to support you throughout the process and will seek to provide you with what is needed to achieve the goals that brought you to therapy – to have the courage to build and or rebuild your internal house along the road.
Please know that we believe those who engage in therapy are courageous and exhibiting signs of mental health and strength. For us, there is no shame or stigma associated with acknowledging the need for therapy – the need to build your Stronghouse.
Stronghouse exists to help you and your loved one’s flourish – join us in building the Stronghouse you desire and the tools to live your best life.
Peace and strength to you,