Shellie Matt, EdS, MA, LMHC
Shellie Matt, EdS, MA, LMHC
I have extensive professional knowledge and training and over 20 years clinical experience to assist you as you explore your possibilities and desires for life change. My guidance on your journey may include: art, dream work, journaling and mindfulness based approaches to accessing and healing the self. Tremendous value is placed on spontaneity and creativity while at the same time there is a faithful listening to hear what is not being said.
My view for our journey together is not focused on fitting you into a label or treatment plan. Instead I will listen for the deeper layers of your inner world as you explore what is behind or underneath your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.
In addition to working with adults I have a passion for, and extensive experience in, working with children of all ages. As a former school psychologist and therapist for the past 20 years I have also worked extensively with children, adolescents and parents on a number of issues: academic, social/peer issues, depression, anxiety, addiction, self-esteem, divorce, grief, ADHD and trauma. Along with talk therapy I use art, sand tray, movement, and play based therapies as the ground for our interaction.
Shellie Matt, EdS, MA, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC is a School Psychologist and Master’s level licensed mental health counselor with certification as a Nationally Certified Counselor and as a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She received her BA in Psychology from East Carolina University in 1991, her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling form Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1995, and her Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology from National-Louis University in Chicago in 2004. She has worked in numerous inpatient substance abuse and psychiatric treatment programs for geriatric, adult and adolescent populations. She has facilitated outpatient groups for substance abuse, anger and mood management for adults, adolescents and children. Shellie worked as a school psychologist for 6 years before returning to her first love as a witness to the human condition as experienced through the lens of psychotherapy – joining private practice in 2012.
Shellie has completed post-graduate training in Jungian Psychotherapy from the CG Jung Institute of Chicago and has received specialized training in play therapy, art therapy, mindfulness, dream work, use of myths and fairy tales in therapy, yoga for children and Gottman Couples Therapy. She will begin a two-year Jungian dream group training at the Haden Institute in February 2019. She is also hoping to pursue Yoga teacher training in February 2019.
Shellie is excited to be sharing space with Vida Psychotherapy!
I see children, adolescents and adults and I have a flexible schedule, which includes evenings and some Saturdays.