Matthew Phillips.

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” ― Nelson Mandela

Matthew Phillips

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified Music Therapist

Matthew is a licensed clinical social worker who empowers adolescents, adults, and couples to grow and change in response to depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship challenges. Therapy is a process of changing your thoughts, emotions, and ways of relating to the world around you. To sustain the change, it must be embodied in your mental and physical self as well as in your behaviors and relationships with those closest to you. To that end, Matthew draws from mindfulness, self-compassion, and coping skills development to support you in changing your life now.

To his current practice, Matthew brings fifteen years of experience working as a therapist and manager in hospital and non-profit residential child welfare settings. He most recently served as the director of a psychiatric partial hospitalization program. These broad experiences working with diverse people have prepared him for his current work by expanding his perspective and fostering the development of a diverse set of skills for individual, group, and relationship therapy. Matthew approaches treatment from a person-centered and integrative lens rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy. He is intensively trained in dialectical behavior therapy. When relevant to client goals and needs, Matthew brings sexuality to the center of the process by providing therapy that emphasizes LGBTQ identities and/or sexual functioning as critical components of a balanced life.

Matthew completed a bachelor’s degree in music therapy at Elizabethtown College and masters’ degrees in social work and human sexuality at Widener University. His connection to Widener continues as he is presently a PhD student in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies and adjunct faculty in the Center for Social Work Education. He practices from a social justice perspective and actively affirms the unique identities and consensual relationship models of all people.