Dr. Matt Townsend

For more than two decades, Dr. Matt Townsend has been energizing and educating audiences with his unique lessons on life, love and leadership. Known as one of America’s top presenters in the field of Human Relations and Development, Matt blends humor and story-telling with his real-life solutions to inspire and motivate healthier living.

Matt completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the field of communication with an emphasis in conflict resolution. He then earned a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. in the field of Human and Organizational Systems. Before building his own coaching practice, Matt spent 7 years as a consultant and presenter for Franklin Covey Co., and also worked as a mediator for companies and couples.

Matt can be seen weekly on KSL Television’s, Studio 5 with Brooke Walker. His book Starved Stuff: Feeding The 7 Basic Needs of Healthy Relationships is a popular pick among those searching for better relationship skills and can be found on Amazon, and on his website at MattTownsend.com. He also has his online workshops about Marriage, Parenting and Anxiety and coaches individuals and couples on these issues.

Matt's greatest love in life is his wife Mardi, and they have been married for 28 years. They are the parents of 6 children: one girl and 5 boys. Their daughter and son-in-law have blessed them with their first 3 grandchildren.

Aleesa Anderson Compton

As a Life Coach and Relationship Coach for Dr. Matt Townsend, Aleesa has become passionate in helping others develop self- awareness and hope as they learn the fundamental skills needed to build, strengthen, and maintain healthy relationships.

Aleesa graduated in Social Work from Brigham Young University and through LDS Social Services, quickly found herself working with children overcoming behavioral struggles. For over 19 years, Aleesa has worked with adolescents (particularly teenage girls) in helping them discover who they are, overcome personal challenges, and create productive plans that lead to successful futures. 

Close to eleven years ago, Aleesa started working with Dr. Matt Townsend, but more consistently over the last 4 years. As a certified and trained Coach for TRC, she now teaches and presents the “Feeding the Starved Marriage” workshop and regularly meets with clients, coaching them on the fundamental principles that provide the foundation of healthy relationships. While there is a large spectrum of struggles that individuals and couples deal with, Aleesa has a very unique and positive perspective that focuses on empowering her clients to make necessary changes.

Aleesa’s contagious energy overflows into all areas of her life. While her four kids have her heart, she is also passionate about fitness and has worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years. As a presenter, certified personal trainer, and fitness instructor, Aleesa’s love for life and others makes it easy to help encourage over-all health.

Jake Townsend

From a young age, Jake showed great interest in people and why they think the way they do. As he saw the work his Dad Matt did, he knew he wanted to be a part of it but he just had to forge his own path. He elected on the more traditional therapy path which he hopes will be a benefit to the clients at Townsend Relationship Center.

Jake has years of working at Townsend Relationship Center under his belt. He has assisted in work as Matt’s assistant/secretary, as well as in program management and content creation. Jake has an undergraduate degree from BYU in Human Development and a Masters degree from UNLV in Couple and Family Therapy.

In the new year Jake will be starting work as an associate Marriage and Family Therapist at Arcadia Counseling in Lehi in addition to his work at Townsend Relationship Center. Jake looks forward to integrating his therapy skills with his coaching skills in a way that enhances client wellbeing, as well as acknowledging and appreciating their differences.

Outside of TRC, Jake is a huge sports fan. He loves the Utah Jazz and the Utah Utes. He loves to listen to primarily non-fiction audiobooks and loves to learn about history, politics and psychology. He was married in Spring of 2022 and enjoys spending time with his wife, Paige.

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