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Discover your joy today. 

Welcome! Joyful Discovery Counseling is a psychotherapy group in Florida and New Jersey that provides individual, couples, and family therapy. We aim to provide services that are tailored to meet your needs and invite you to reach out to schedule a consultation with one of our therapists.  

Meet the Therapists


Matthew Sidler, LCSW

My name is Matthew Sidler and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida and New Jersey. I want to help you make sense of the challenges you are facing so that you can start living your life to the fullest sooner. Taking the first step to getting help can be the scariest one. My goal is to meet you where you are in life, without judgment, and go from there. 

Ieva Gates, LCSW, CST, CHT

My name is Ieva Gates and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida and New Jersey. My areas of expertise include working with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, sexual orientation, gender identity, relationship issues, and sexual dysfunction. I am certified in Hypnotherapy as well as Sex Therapy.

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Adulthood is filled with challenges and demands. It can be easy to feel like you should have it all figured out. While it can be difficult to ask for help, know that you are not expected to be perfect and to have all the answers. We can support you on this life-long journey of discovery. 


Adolescence is a time of discovery and navigating a world as you come into your own. Having both worked in the school system, we understand the challenges facing today's youth. We also understand that families play a key role in an adolescent's development. 


Do you feel anxious or overwhelmed and aren't sure what to do? We live in a world where stress is all around us and it has the ability to consume us. We work with clients to discover ways to cope with anxiety and help them face any fears they may have that are causing them distress. 


Are you feeling sad or depressed? Do you feel stuck and don't know how to find the motivation to get unstuck? Do you struggle to find joy in life? First of all, know that it's okay to not be okay. We help clients discover the joy in life while working together to come up with tools to deal with struggles and adversity in life. 


We have extensive experience in working with individuals on issues related to their sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition to therapeutic services, we also work with clients to write WPATH letters for transgender healthcare services. 


What does it mean to love yourself? Is it a destination or a lifelong journey? If you're struggling with feeling worthy and you want to feel more confident and secure in who you are, we can challenge those internal beliefs that have been holding you back. We will work together to quiet the voices of self-doubt and discover the joy in being you. 

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