Master of Science
Colorado State University, CO
June 2004

Human Development and Family Studies emphasizing Marriage and Family Therapy


Bachelor of Science

Houghton College, Houghton, NY

December 1998

Major: Therapeutic Recreation; Minor: Psychology


Current Certifications/Memberships:

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - Current

Clinical Member of AAMFT - Current

Equine Co-Facilitated Psychotherapist - Professional - Current



Aspen Ranch, Loa, UT, January 1999 – August 2011

Various roles including Clinical Therapist; Equine Therapist, Equine department Manager; Director of Recreational Therapy

Wayne Community Health Center, Bicknell, UT, October 2008 – October 2011

Provide 8-10 therapy sessions to community clientele in the form of couples, families individuals or some combination thereof per week.

Office of Youth Alternatives, Cheyenne, WY,
Sept. 2003 – April 2004

Facilitate counseling with families presenting difficulties with their children ages 6 – 18. In addition, co-facilitate an addictions group for teens on probation in cooperation with the local court system.

Colorado State University Center for Couple and Family Therapy, Ft. Collins, CO Nov. 2002 – Feb.2004

Facilitate counseling with individuals, couples and families with a variety of presenting problems.


Founder and Director

You can look to the right for the simple rendering of Matthew Pettit’s professional qualifications. But first, let me (Gary Taylor, father-in-law) introduce you to Matt, the one who has an uncanny gift in relating to people and walking them into significant change in their life.


Matthew Pettit is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a national reputation in equine therapy for families in crisis. He has extensive training and experience in family therapy, experiential therapy, and therapy with children and adolescents. Matt’s strength as a mentor and family therapist has developed around working with horses and interactive family activities that resulted in touching the lives of hundreds of families. Then there is this practical thing…Matt is the father of six children (three boys and three girls) who live on a small spread in the mountains near Grand Junction, Colorado.


The real-life challenges of balancing professional development are resulting in co-authoring the book, Generational Fathering, with his father-in-law, Gary Taylor. It has been the pattern of family interaction across the generations and sharing the value of partner-fathering that is the core of the book in its unfinished, but final stages.


In the years prior to and at Aspen Ranch, Matt and his wife, Cari, developed a burden to establish a unique ranch built around Biblical principles with the idea of providing solutions for families in order to secure a productive life of Godly commitment.