Meet Our Therapists: Matt Lawson

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Therapists are as unique as the clients who seek their help. Talkspace’s “Meet Our Therapists” series offers intimate access to the mental health professionals who provide care. It’s a view of their passion for making therapy more accessible. Check out our latest interview below!

Name: Matt Lawson

Licensing Info: Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois

Where You Live: Chicago, Illinois

Time Working With Talkspace: 4 years

Time Working as a Therapist: 7 years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I got into therapy as a second career and went back to school in my early 30s. I had my own personal training business at the time and was seeing more and more people with eating disorders, body image issues, and a lot of other problems they were using exercise to escape from. To provide a deeper level of service, I needed more education and insight.

Why did you want to start working with Talkspace?

Originally, I started working for Talkspace as a supplement while I was getting my private practice off the ground. As the years have gone by, it has become a more significant part of my professional life.

What has made you feel the most pride in your work at Talkspace?

As a consultation therapist, I get so see first hand the relief we provide to people who come here. Oftentimes simply getting started with therapy really puts people’s minds at ease. I take a lot of pride in what we offer and see so many people benefit. Many of them would have never gone to see someone face-to-face.

Do you have any special credentials, modalities, or specializations? If so, how do they complement your work as a whole?

I am also a certified personal trainer and have maintained this part of my career for around 15 years. I have worked with hundreds of people on weight loss and healthy lifestyle creation. I tend to use a lot of CBT/DBT and ACT, with a client-centered lean, and have had multiple trainings with motivational interviewing and coaching.

What do you do for fun?

I’m a total gym rat. Chicago really caters to my addiction with all the big clubs and boutique gyms. I regularly do mud runs, am a big fan of Crossfit, and will even throw a little Yoga in every once in awhile. I travel a lot and will get out of town two to three times a quarter. This flexibility underlines one of the best parts of working with Talkspace.

Published by

Joseph Rauch

Staff Writer at Talkspace