Compassion: A Key to Happiness and Well-Being

I’m from the Philadelphia area, and this past weekend was the long-awaited Pope’s visit.  During and afterward I saw lots of articles, video, and commentary on compassion being at the center of Pope Francis’ messages. And this seems to be a big part of his appeal- among Catholics and non-Catholics alike.  This post is notContinue reading “Compassion: A Key to Happiness and Well-Being”

10 Things to Think About Before You Open a Private Practice

Like most aspiring psychologists, you either planned to enter private practice one day, or you have thought about it.  According to a recent survey I conducted over the PPA listserv, the top goal of respondents (N = 76) was to work in full-time private practice.  If this is a goal for you, there are manyContinue reading “10 Things to Think About Before You Open a Private Practice”

So you want to be a therapist?

The following is an article I wrote for a college student website.  I thought I would post it here. So You Want to be a Therapist? By: Jesse D. Matthews, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist Private Practice- Chester Springs, PA http://drjessematthews.com If you want to be a therapist, you are probably intrigued by the human mind, byContinue reading “So you want to be a therapist?”

Money-Saving Strategies for the Psychology Intern

In 2011-2012 I was on my predoctoral internship, the capstone year of a 5+ year doctoral program in psychology. This is full-time, so I had to leave my job of 6 years, taking a 50% pay cut in the process. FYI, a “good-paying” psychology internship pays about $20,000 per year, which at 40-50 hours a weekContinue reading “Money-Saving Strategies for the Psychology Intern”

Is Cyberschool Right for My Child?

*I thought about taking this post down due to the number of angry responses I’ve gotten, but decided to just add a note here instead. I have received some good feedback, some of which has been educational for me.  I wrote this 5 years ago (it’s 2018 now), and wrote it from the perspective ofContinue reading “Is Cyberschool Right for My Child?”

“Will Work for Education”

As I was painting a neighbor’s house recently and was talking to another about some painting she needed to have done- and thinking about my upcoming graduation, I was reminded of an article I was interviewed for in 2010.  The article was entitled, “Will Work for Education“, published in the November 2010 issue of gradPsych.  ThisContinue reading ““Will Work for Education””