Our Story

Living Wholehearted founders Jeff & Terra Mattson are passionate about living lives that reflect integrity, healing, and authenticity. They met in 1998 at Seattle Pacific University where they first began to hone their skills and passion for leadership and relationships under Psychologists and relationship experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, Theologians Drs. Tim & Kerry Dearborn and Dr. Rick Steele, as well as attorney and change-agent, Dr. Skip Lee. Later influences have included CEO & Executive Director of the Charitable Murdock Trust Dr. Steve Moore, Bill Thralls and Bruce McNicol of Trueface Ministries, Dr. Michelle Watson-Canfield of the Abba Project, Dr. Ken Canfield of the National Center for Fathering, and their own Pastor and his wife, Bill & Kathy Towne. Together, Jeff & Terra have over 20 years of experience in the helping professions and leadership development.

Jeff holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and has decades of experience as a leader in start-up companies, family businesses, and non-profit organizations including universities and ministry settings. Since 2011, he has worked with business and organizational leaders to develop their potential and solve the people-issues that keep them up at night!  He is master-level certified in the Core Values Index (CVI) and a certified facilitator of Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott’s SYMBIS program (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts).  Some of his organizational development clients include TriMet, ASSIST International, Bridgewell Resources, Subway, Stoel Rives Law Firm, The Dentist Off Main, Door to Grace, and Rolling Hills Community Church.

Terra holds a master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from George Fox University in Portland, Oregon. She is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor and now works as an executive coach. For the last fifteen years, she has run a thriving private practice while presenting to women, couples, and leaders in various settings including the American Association of Christian Counselors World Conference (2009, 2011, 2017). She is the founding Clinical Director for Living Wholehearted Counseling and has served as an adjunct professor with George Fox University’s Graduate Counseling Department. She has previous experience in community mental health, human resources, entrepreneurship, and pastoral/church ministries. She is the author of Courageous: Being Daughter Rooted in Grace (David C. Cook, 2020) and the visionary for the Courageous Gathering, a virtual conference-on-the-go resourcing women for the issues of today. 

Together, Jeff and Terra co-authored Shrinking the Integrity Gap: Between What Leaders Preach and Live (David C. Cook, 2020) and founded a global movement, Courageous Girls, an online resource to help moms navigate the needs of their daughters at every stage of their growing years. They are the co-hosts of the Living Wholehearted Podcast and run the Living Wholehearted Lodge and Retreat. They truly enjoy having to live what they preach as they teach, speak, write, and lead together. 

The Mattson’s and the Living Wholehearted Team are a trusted resource for the community. Many people ask how counseling, leadership coaching, and organizational development all go together. It’s simple. Though we all try to compartmentalize our lives, we were never meant to live that way. Attempting to segregate our heart from our mind, or our work from our home, or our pain from our story, impacts all of our relationships, with ourselves, God, and others. Combining the disciplines of counseling, coaching, and organizational development makes for a well-rounded approach that is rarely offered. Their clinical team of counselors help those who are ready to embrace their pain and walk towards wholeness. Their executive coaches and organizational leadership team come alongside business and organizational leaders who seek to help their people thrive at work and life.  Often this means helping leaders unravel the complexities of relationships within their particular venues. Whether a family or a large organization, all are systems made up of the most valuable resources…people. Living Wholehearted was formed to help these systems thrive, and then influence for the greater good.

Jeff & Terra currently live outside Portland, Oregon raising their two teen daughters. In their spare time, they love adventures in the great outdoors, including fly-fishing, camping, and outdoor movies. Jeff is a singer/songwriter and lover of all things college football (Go Ducks!). Terra enjoys painting with her youngest daughter or reading a book alongside with her oldest. She loves deep conversations alongside a gooey caramel latte and long walks on the beach (with or without Jeff). Some of their favorite authors and thinkers include Bob Dylan, Henri Nouwen, Dietrich Bonheoffer, the guys at Trueface Ministries (Bill, Bruce, & John), Curt Thompson, and of course, C.S. Lewis.

Become the leader you would follow.

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