Matthew Amador, LSW

Pronouns: he, him, his

I frequently work with people who feel they are on the margins, particularly because of identity (LGBTQIA+, ethnicity), non-traditional relationship style (non-monogamy, poly, solo poly), a history of sex work, or that feeling that sometimes washes over us that “people just don’t get me.” I believe in creating a warm, welcoming space for clients that is judgment-free, strengths-affirming, sex-positive, and fosters personal development and acceptance.

Everyone brings their own individual experiences with them into the room, and I value how your experiences may impact our therapeutic journey. I respect the cultural and social stigmas we sometimes face when addressing our personal obstacles through therapy. Placing your trust in me is a humbling experience, and I hope to guide you to a better sense of self-awareness and towards opportunities for new growth. I’m basically a Sherpa that wears a cardigan.

I’ve worked individually with those experiencing emotional dysregulation (e.g., anxiety, depression, compulsion), are along the autism spectrum, living with the effects of traumatic brain injury, and those who hear voices. Both individually and with relationships I’ve worked around issues of sexuality, kink, infidelity, and concerns related to desire discrepancy and sexual performance.

I use an integrative methodology to therapy because I don’t believe there’s a “one size fits all” approach to what I do. Psychodynamic, feminist and cognitive behavioral theories all influence my work, but the human being sitting across from me ultimately guides it.

Please call me to learn more about how we can work together as a team: (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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