Matt Thatcher cont…

Matthew’s career as a helping professional continues to develop his therapeutic process to be one in which a therapeutic alliance or rapport is key. Matthew’s goal is to build on an individual’s strengths, through positive reinforcement and collaborative treatment planning in order to effectively increase emotional, mental, and behavioral health. This three pronged approach is founded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and integrates individually tailored treatment from a client centered perspective.

During Matthew’s education and career he has worked with a variety of mental health populations. His work started at Michigan’s state wide help line for services in de-escalation and suicidal crisis prevention. During this time he also volunteered for “The Ark” Catholic Family Services working with runaway or temporary housed adolescents. Matthew also spent time working with at risk youth at Climax High School for CFS. He later went on to work with adjudicated and non-adjudicated adolescent sex offenders as well as youth in crisis in Kalamazoo, MI.

Matthew has worked effectively as a clinician with adults, adolescents and their families at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, an outpatient clinic in Chicago. He also has experience leading mandated adolescent addictions groups for IMMC’S “Clean Start” program. Matthew has worked specifically in private practice that provided exposure interventions and group treatment for children and adolescents struggling with selective mutism and social anxiety. Previously to becoming a member of NWC, Matthew worked on an inpatient unit at the Chicago Lakeshore Hospital and Children’s Pavilion. During his time at Chicago Lakeshore he worked with adults, adolescents and children affected by acute mental illness and severe environmental stressors.

Matthew currently provides services for families, couples and individuals struggling with mental and behavioral health issues. He also is developing new services for children and schools who may be coping with selective mutism or social anxiety. Matthew hopes to provide an evidenced based intensive outpatient adolescent substance abuse, and addictions program for Western Michigan counties. Recently, he has lead a small open support group for parents of children diagnosed with bi-polar or sever mood disorders.