About Matthew

Matthew Parsons is a Licensed Social Worker who received his Masters of Arts in Social Work at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, with a clinical focus in trauma. As a relational therapist, he fundamentally believes that healing happens in relationships where we feel safe, supported, and seen. To this end, Matthew above all else strives to cultivate a warm, collaborative, and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship.

Matthew specializes in working with folks struggling with anxiety and mood concerns, processing trauma, and navigating their gender and sexual identities. He also has experience working with people processing the sudden loss of a loved one, dealing with complex medical diagnoses, and helping professionals struggling with compassion fatigue and secondary trauma. Therapy will look different for everyone, but Matthew will seek to partner with you to explore difficult past experiences and current challenges in living as a way to better understand your inner experience. He draws from a range of clinical perspectives to help you slow down and tune into the present moment to increase your ability to cope, while also working with you to make sense of your history so you may write a new story.

Prior to joining LifePath, Matthew worked in the trauma unit at Stroger Hospital providing counseling to victims of gun violence and their families, as well as end-of-life care. Before becoming a therapist, Matthew spent 5 years working in international human rights research focusing on health access across the Middle East. He received his BA from Tufts University in International Relations and Arabic.

Practice Approaches:

  • Client-Centered/Humanistic Therapy
  • Trauma-informed
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Mindfulness

25 E Washington Street Suite 1835
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: (312) 940-3655
Fax: (312) 374-4966

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