Amanda Matousek

MSW, LCSW, PMH-C

(she/her)

Clinical Supervisor and Psychotherapist

Amanda was very caring, knowledgeable, and very understanding. I can't thank her enough for getting me through the roughest times of my life, not only through my postpartum depression but through Covid.

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As a psychotherapist, I strive to approach sessions with empathy, direct but gentle feedback, honesty, and a little bit of humor when appropriate. Whether this is your first time in therapy, a return to therapy after a long time, or just a change in approach that you are looking for, I understand that beginning the process with a new therapist may bring some nerves and anticipation. I hope to ease any worries that may be present about the process in the initial intake session, while gaining an understanding of your hopes for therapy and assisting you in finding strategies to help you best navigate whatever difficulties you may be facing.

My therapeutic style is conversational, exploratory, and leaves my clients with some topics or skills to think about or work on in between sessions. Life can be so hectic, it is vital to me that my clients feel their therapy is a valuable use of their time, offering them realistic coping skills.

I believe that ongoing professional growth, learning, and development are components of offering effective therapy. In addition to my role as a psychotherapist, my role as a clinical supervisor at Wildflower allows me to have the opportunity to share knowledge I have gained through my years of experience and training opportunities to support other clinicians in providing the best possible care to their clients. Through both personal and professional experiences with therapy, I have honed the ability to understand the transformation and healing that can come from this process (even if it feels a bit daunting to get started).

I enjoy working with a variety of populations, including adults, young adults, and college students. I have experience supporting adults through individual, couples, and family therapy. My areas of specialty and interest include supporting individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, navigating distressing life events, relationships, communication, life transitions (such as pregnancy, parenting, changing jobs) grief, self-esteem, identity, relationship with self and body, and work- or school-life balance.

I hold interest and experience in working with couples as well. Whether you find yourself feeling stuck in perpetual conflicts or you are looking to understand one another more deeply to maintain connection through the busyness of life, therapy can be a useful space to obtain communication strategies and build connecting experiences with your partner.

Additionally, college can be a time of many transitions, a time to learn more about yourself and your interests. I enjoy being able to support college students in finding tools to meet their academic, social, and individual goals. The phase of life as college comes to an end can be just as scary, exciting, confusing, or overwhelming as the beginning of college was. Therapy can be a space where you can determine what comes next with support along the way. Whatever part of life you may find yourself in at this time, my aim is to help my clients create lasting change to live life in a way that feels fulfilling and valuable.

I draw on a variety of evidence based therapeutic approaches to best meet my clients’ individual needs. I have extensive training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO-DBT), The Gottman Method, and trauma-informed care. Additionally, I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to treat ongoing distress, single event trauma, and complex trauma. It’s common for me to offer aspects of various treatment approaches to learn what best resonates with each client.

I obtained my bachelor’s degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and my master’s degree at Loyola University Chicago in social work. My experience prior to joining Wildflower includes counseling in a variety of settings including the residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care with adults and adolescents. I also have counseling experience within daycares and schools, where I provided support to parents and children learning to cope more effectively with social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. In these settings, I have worked with individuals, families, couples, and groups.

  • LCSW License Number: 149019050
  • Type 1 NPI Number: 1861934606
  • Accepts: BCBS PPO and BlueChoice plans, UnitedHealthcare/Optum PPO, Lyra, self-pay and out of network clients

Selected Training & Affiliation

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Basic Training through EMDRIA
  • Certified Perinatal Mental Health Clinician (PMH-C)
  • Highly-Sensitive Person (HSP) Knowledgeable Therapist
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Training
  • Strategies for Resolving the Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress through The Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute
  • Completion of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence: 40 hour Domestic Violence Advocate
  • Completion of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault: 40 hour Sexual Assault Advocate
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) trainings
  • Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) trainings
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) trainings
  • Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) trainings
  • Becoming an Antiracist Mental Health Clinician
  • Cultivating a Trans-Affirming Clinical Practice

Key Beliefs

  • You cannot expect yourself to know something that you do not know. We are all doing the best we can with what we know now and we can continue to learn.
  • Accepting help from others can allow us to be even more independent than we expected.

More About Me

  • I love finding things that make me laugh: TV, movies, comedy shows, friends. I really enjoyed my experiences in improv classes at Second City in Chicago, where I learned that there are no mistakes in improv, a different kind of mindfulness, and how important it is to be attuned to your partner’s words and actions.
  • I obtained a minor in history and have always been fascinated by people’s motives for doing what they do and by lessons that can be gained from their actions. I enjoy a good historical museum!