Matt Atkinson, LCPC, CCTP

Behavioral & Mental Health (IPD), Counseling

Practices In: Naperville
Patients Seen: Adults

I am in this field because I am drawn to both the warmth of deep emo­tion­al con­nec­tion and the poten­tial of using sci­ence to work through life’s hard­est puz­zles. My job is to be your ally in what­ev­er you are fac­ing: under­stand­ing when you feel alone, resource­ful when you feel stuck, and tena­cious when you feel like giv­ing up. I know that some­times hope and answers seem dis­tant, but I strong­ly believe that we can always find a way to leave ther­a­py bet­ter than when we came in.

Board Certifications
CCTP, SMART Recovery Facilitator
Languages
English
Clinical Interests

I have par­tic­u­lar expe­ri­ence with peo­ple strug­gling with sub­stance use dis­or­ders, seniors with severe men­tal health con­di­tions, and those who are treat­ment-reliant. I am a cer­ti­fied clin­i­cal trau­ma pro­fes­sion­al and con­tin­u­ing to expand my exper­tise in trauma.

Personal Interests

I love to read, most­ly for fun, but some philo­soph­i­cal top­ics such as Sto­icism and mind­ful­ness have influ­enced my clin­i­cal prac­tice. I also like to write, keep up my health through exer­cise and learn­ing to cook, slow­ly explore Chica­go, and inves­ti­gate almost any kind of music.

Memberships
American Counseling Association
School
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduation Date: 2011 Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Roosevelt University Graduation Date: 2018 Degree: Master of Arts

Conditions

ADHD, Addiction, Adjustment Disorder, Adolescent Mental Health, Alcohol Abuse, Anger Management, Anxiety, Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Combat/Civilian PTSD/Trauma, Communication, Complex Presentations, Death/Terminal Illness, Depression, Domestic Violence, Dual Diagnosis, Family Issues, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Grief & Loss, LGBTQ Mental Health, Life Transitions, Maturity Issues/Life Skills, Medical Phobias, Medication Management/Medical Adherence, Men's Health, Mood Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Personality Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychotic Thought Disorders, Relationships, Schizophrenia, Self Esteem, Self-harm, Sleep Issues, Smoking Cessation, Spirituality, Stress, Stress Management, Substance Abuse, Suicide, Thought Disorders, Trauma, Treatment Resistance, Women's Health

Treatment Styles

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Individual Therapy, Mindfulness Based