About Dr. Matt

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Matthew B. James, MA, Ph.D., is President of The Empowerment Partnership, where he serves as a master trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), a practical behavioral technology for helping people achieve their desired results in life. Dr. Matt delivers seminars and cultural trainings throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe. Due to his expertise on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), indigenous cultures, and his research on forgiveness, Dr. Matt is a regular contributor at The Huffington Post and Psychology Today blogs. He is also often quoted in magazines, newspapers, and has been featured on Fox News, CNN Headline News, and many other TV and radio shows around the world.

As an international speaker and educator, Dr. Matt embodies the principles he teaches. Dr. Matt has been chosen to carry on a lineage of Huna, the ancient Hawaiian science of consciousness, energy healing, and mental health and well-being. In his first book, The Foundation of Huna: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times, Dr. Matt details the forgiveness and meditation techniques used in Hawaii for hundreds of years. These traditions span 28 generations and have been presented to the United Nations to further peace amongst diverse countries and cultures.

In his second book, Find Your Purpose, Master Your Path, Dr. Matt melds the ancient wisdom of Huna with modern psychology to assist us in leading conscious, purpose-driven lives. He is dedicated to creating lasting personal transformation by training people to access and use their intrinsic personal power. In his trainings and lectures, Dr. Matt focuses on building rapport and trust in communication, and overcoming trauma and emotional barriers to reduce stress and enhance quality of life. He also works with leadership models to promote healthy, growth-affirming families, organizations, and communities.

Dr. Matt’s most recent book is called Integrate the Shadow, Master Your PathIn it, he teaches that the unconscious mind is not only the key to connecting with Higher Self, it also holds all the power you need to accomplish whatever you want to accomplish in life. Yet too often, our conscious desires and goals seem to be at cross-purposes with our unconscious urges and reactions. His book explains how to:

  • Uncover and release the baggage that holds you back in relationships
  • Tap the goal-getting capacity of the unconscious to achieve your career aspirations
  • Get in synch with your unconscious mind’s prime directives to improve your physical health
  • And expand your spiritual practice by opening your natural channel to Higher Self

Dr. Matt’s degrees include an MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and a Ph.D. in Health (Integrative) Psychology from Walden University. He completed his residency at Indiana University and wrote his dissertation titled “Ho’oponopono: Assessing the Effects of a Traditional Hawaiian Forgiveness Technique on Unforgiveness.” This dissertation is available in print, or online through UMI or ProQuest. For more information and to receive his NLP Fast-Track Video eCourse for free, visit