David is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in private practice in Salt Lake City. His clinical focus is on helping men who want to diminish unwanted homosexuality and feel whole as men.
His professional training began in the early 1990s as he served in various capacities within Evergreen International. He has lectured, taught workshops, and given commentary on radio and television advocating for the possibility of change. Furthermore, he has diligently researched and written on the change process. In 2000, Evergreen honored him with their “Beacon of Light” award.
David received his Masters of Science degree in Counseling and Guidance from Brigham Young University in 1996. Afterwards he practiced for seven years as a psychological assistant under Dr. Joseph Nicolosi. He began private practice in the New York City area, where he remained for three years. In 2007, he relocated his practice to Salt Lake City, Utah.
He co–created the Journey into Manhood experiential weekend and served on the board of directors of People Can Change. He wrote Coordinates (an educational and diagnostic workbook) and co–wrote the Evergreen Workbook for Men. Currently, he is completing a book and workbook companion set on his Gender Disruption and Gender Wholeness models, Becoming a Whole Man. The set is due for publication in 2013.
David is the President of Evergreen, a mentoring ministry for individuals with unwanted homosexual attractions and their families, the Vice-President of Operations for the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), and an adjunct faculty member at Utah State University. He is currently the Managing Editor of The Journal of Human Sexuality (2009–present). Mr. Pruden’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Utah, and his graduate degree in Family and Human Development is from Utah State University.
He is an author, speaker, and teacher on the subject of personal growth, adolescent development, and human sexuality. David’s professional publications and presentations include When Forever Doesn’t Last, Cedar Fort Press (2010), Mighty Waves: Helping Adolescents with Same-sex Attraction Concerns (DVD), Pilgrimage Resources, Understanding and Helping Teenagers Who Experience Same-Sex Attractions in Understanding Same-sex Attractions, The Foundation for Attraction Research (2009), and Lead My People: Assisting Church Members with Same-sex Attractions (CD), Pilgrimage Resource, and numerous other workshops, professional papers, and audio recordings on mental health issues.
Peggy is a certified Journey Practitioner and specializes in empowering women to be seen and heard. Her compassionate approach brings the power of acceptance to the healing process. Her focused skills work in tandem with the client’s deepest truths to connect them to the healing power within them.
Peggy graduated from Brigham Young University with a BFA in Musical Theater and has continued pursuing live theater and acting in film and television. Over the years, she has also been a presenter for live conventions and shows and continues acting as opportunities arise.
Peggy is married to David Matheson, a Licensed Professional Counselor whose practice focuses on helping men with unwanted same-sex attraction. One year into their marriage, David told her that he was attracted to men. A long process of healing and learning began that day that has continued to the present. For years, it was about trying to understand him. Then it turned to understanding herself. She realized that as he changed she had to let go of the old, unhealthy ways of perceiving their relationship and begin seeing things in a new way or the marriage wouldn’t last. The healing process that began 21 years ago has led Peggy to believe that her marriage is core to her life’s work.
Peggy has completed the Woman Within Training H.E.R. Training, Bridges Not Walls Couples Training, Empowerment Circle Training, Celebration of Woman, Celebrating Men- Satisfying Women, Ideal Life Vision, and Nurturing Your Marriage Covenant. She participated in an Empowerment Circle for 2 years, and has co-created multiple workshops and weekend retreats including co-leading A Wife’s Healing Journey for wives of men with unwanted same-sex attraction. In 2007 she completed The Journey Practitioner’s Program and became a Certified Journey Practitioner. She currently sees individual clients and leads a Wives of SSA Men support group.