I am a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania and have been in private practice in Chester Springs since 2014. My practice is called Matthews Counseling & Coaching currently includes myself and 3 other therapists: Caitlin Brady, Brian Hickman, and Callie Fraser. Check out the practice website or pages for the other therapists for more information.
I grew up in Chester County and graduated from Coatesville Area High School in 1996. I attended the University of Pittsburgh, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2000. I also earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from West Chester University in 2004 and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Immaculata University in 2012. I currently live in Chester County with my wife, our three sons, and our two dogs.
I wanted to be a doctor from the first time I can remember thinking about what I wanted to be when I grew up. I had planned to become a family physician, but when I started taking psychology courses in college, I decided to become a psychologist. Since my first internship at an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Pittsburgh, I knew I had made the right choice. Before becoming a psychologist and having my own practice, I worked in a homeless veterans program at a VA hospital; as a counselor and psychology teacher at a private school for students with learning issues, ADHD, and Autism; in community mental health centers; and in other group private practices. I have a wide variety of experience helping people with issues of mental health and substance abuse.
Outside of my career I have always been an active person. I grew up playing outside and I have always had a love for the outdoors. I love running, working in the yard, building things, camping, going to the mountains or the beach, or travelling anywhere new. I was heavily into skateboarding growing up and I still tinker with skateboards and ramps with my kids, though I’m more of a longboarder these days. I also snowboard and enjoy trying to surf as well. My sons have also been very active and I love playing outside with them and watching them play sports. They have played most sports over the years, but ice hockey and baseball have been the favorites.
As a psychologist I believe that things like depression and anxiety are part of being human and they can affect any of us. We may not handle stress well, we can be prone to anger, we might hold ourselves back, or we might engage in behaviors that aren’t good for us. And it’s not always our fault- life can be hard! So it’s very important that we get to know ourselves, make changes to unhealthy ways of thinking or behaving, and develop the skills to cope effectively with whatever life brings. We can all live our best lives when we take the time to look inside of ourselves, clarify what is most important to us, and then do what it takes to reach our goals.
I love working with people who want to engage in this process- most of all other guys, since historically it has been so hard for them to get themselves to do this. When a person decides they’ve had enough and commits to finding a different way, anything can happen.
If you’re read this far and this sounds like where you are, please get in touch.
If you prefer the phone, call me at 610-482-4496.
Dr. Jesse Matthews