Matthew J. Reichl, MA
Matt Reichl is a Resident in Professional Counseling. He received his bachelor's degree from Drexel University in Behavioral and Addictions Health Counseling and received his master's degree from Liberty University in Professional Counseling. He works with all age groups: children, teenagers, young adults and adults. Matt believes in a collaborative approach to counseling, meeting people where they are at and helping them get to where they want to be. He believes in the principles of acceptance and being nonjudgmental toward oneself, others and our situation. He aims to be fully present with each patient, empower them, to validate their thoughts and feelings, acknowledge their strengths and makes sure they feel heard and understood. Some common goals when working with patients are: decreasing stress, increasing happiness, developing, building confidence, improving relationships with others and helping people achieve their goals. Matt works with people who struggle with stress, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, self-harm, suicidal, traumatic experiences, PTSD, ADHD, anger mgmt, phobias, drug addictions, identity issues, lesbian/gay/bi/transgender/queer, and spirituality. Matt uses multiple counseling theories and techniques with the intention of shaping his counseling sessions in a way that benefits each patient the most. For example:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Choice Theory
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Mindfulness and teaching people how to meditate
- Being non-judgmental
Counseling is most beneficial when patients keep an open-mind, are honest, committed, participate and come regularly. Counseling and change is a process and takes a time. Expecting change or results to happen overnight, although possible, is not always realistic. The amount of effort a person puts in, how determined they are and willingness are factors that determine what they get out of the counseling experience.
Matt is married to a beautiful wife, has a 5 year old son and a hound/lab-mix dog. He enjoys outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, camping, biking and learning about wilderness survival. He plays the guitar, likes to read, laugh, play games and practices meditation/chi gong on his own time.