Matthew Harker, MA, LPCC
Therapist – Assessment and Intake Department
Master’s Degree: Roosevelt University
Bachelor’s Degree: Ohio State University
Matthew Harker joined PrairieCare in August of 2020, as a member of the admissions and intake team after working in the outpatient therapy setting. After earning his B.S. in psychology from Ohio State University in 2010, Matthew completed his M.A. in Clinical Psychology (Counseling Practice) at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois in 2014. While earning his licensure hours, Matthew worked with adults at a small non-profit organization as a therapist and case manager. After obtaining his licensure, he continued to work as a therapist and case manager, running therapy groups, assisting with psychosocial rehabilitation, and providing community support. After working in this role for a year and a half, he was promoted to housing coordinator of the permanent, supportive housing program where he oversaw all administrative and clinical supervision duties of the program. He ran the housing program for a year a half before leaving to take a short furlough from working. When he returned to the mental health field, he worked with adults and adolescents as an outpatient therapist in Pennsylvania.
Throughout his time as an outpatient therapist, Matthew has emphasized focusing on the human condition in its entirety. Models that have contributed to his style include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Risk Reduction, Family Systems and Existential Therapy. Matthew has experience working with both ends of the mental illness spectrum including helping patients with severe mental illness like schizophrenia, severe depression, and bipolar disorder as well as helping patients with less acute anxiety and adjustment disorders.
In his free time, Matthew loves hiking, having hiked along much of the east and west coasts. He also enjoys playing boardgames, trail running, and cooking.
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