Matthew Amador, LSW

Pronouns: he, him, his

I work with people who feel they are on the margins because of their identity — either LGBTQIA+, a non-conforming gender identity, a non-traditional relationship, or that feeling we sometimes get that “people just don’t get us.” I believe in creating a warm, welcoming space for clients that is judgment-free, strengths-affirming, sex-positive, and fosters personal development and self-acceptance.

Everyone brings individual experiences with them to therapy. I value how your experiences may impact our therapeutic journey. I believe we transform our lives through personal interaction, and consider the relationship between client and therapist to be important for the work we do together as a team. Placing your trust in me is a humbling experience, and I hope to guide you to a better understanding of yourself as well as opportunities for new growth.

I have worked with those experiencing emotional dysregulation, traumatic brain injury and those who hear voices. I also have experience addressing questions about sexuality, concerns related to desire discrepancy and sexual performance.  I respect the cultural and social stigmas we sometimes face when addressing our personal obstacles through therapy. My approach is influenced by feminist theory and cognitive behavioral theory, but I am always informed by the human being sitting across from me.

Please call me to learn more about how we can work together (847) 568-1100.

Education & Professional Memberships

Matthew Amador, LSW has a Master’s of Social Work from DePaul University.  He previously holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Speech from Northwestern University. While working with Chicago House and Social Services Agency, he coordinated efforts to connect services to those re-entering society from incarceration.  Matthew has worked extensively with underserved populations within the city of Chicago, particularly with the LGBTQIA+ community, people experiencing homelessness, and those living with HIV/AIDS.

 

Matthew has trained at the following institutions:

DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Wellness Center at Harold Washington City College, Chicago, IL
Chicago House and Social Services Agency, Chicago, IL
Youth Job Center of Evanston, Evanston, IL

 

Matthew is a member of the following professional organizations:

National Association of Social Workers – NASW
Kink & Poly Aware Chicago Therapists – KPACT

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