Matthew approaches counseling with an authentic, relational style. He works with clients of all ages, on a range of issues including depression, anxiety, life transitions, substance abuse, trauma, grief and loss. He has a strong cognitive behavioral therapy background, but ultimately works to create a trust-based relationship with clients, creating a space where they can feel safe as they discover strategies and skills to help manage their daily life.
Matthew has broad clinical experience that includes counseling and case management for clients with complex needs. Previous work experience includes over two years as a community support specialist at Thresholds, an advocacy agency in Chicago that provides care for those struggling with severe and persistent mental illness and substance abuse. Matthew’s non-judgmental, affiliative nature helped reassure his fragile clients, allowing him to build rapport and walk with them on a path to recovery.
Most recently, Matthew worked as a program specialist for Illinicare. In that role, he helped nursing home residents transition from a residental setting to an independent living arrangement, assuring their physical and mental well being.
An avid traveller, Matthew also completed an internship at in Ecuador, South America, where he delivered a program for mothers of children with severe mental disabilities. Closer to home, Matthew interned at Gale Academy in Rogers Park, working with grade school students to bolster coping & conflict resolution skills. He also delivered a domestic violence intervention program for men at the Center for Advancing Domestic Peace.
Matthew relishes being outdoors as much as possible, and is a seasoned hiker. He loves music, and in his free time, he plays a mean guitar.
MSW - Dominican University, River Forest, IL
BSW - Northeastern Illiniois University, Chicago, IL