Matthew Phillips

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” ― Nelson Mandela

Matthew Phillips  | LCSW, MT- BC

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified Music Therapist

Matthew is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who specializes in working with adolescents and adults who have had their sexuality, gender, and relationships marginalized, especially those with problematic sexual behavior and members of the LGBTQ community.  Matthew uses a person-centered and integrative approach rooted in cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapies.  He practices from a social justice perspective because oppression often limits relationships, sexual identity, and sexual expression. Matthew welcomes and affirms people of all sexual orientations, gender presentations, and consensual relationship models.

Matthew empowers adults and adolescents as they grow in response to depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship challenges.  Therapy is a process of changing your thoughts, emotions, and ways of relating to the world around you.  To sustain the change, it must be embodied in your mental and physical self as well as in your relationships with those closest to you.

Matthew is the director of a partial hospitalization program in Westchester County, NY, where he has worked since 2016.  He is a nationally board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) and often incorporates music-based interventions into his engaging and experiential style of group work.  Matthew previously spent twelve years working as a clinician in residential child welfare settings with adolescents who have experienced trauma.

Matthew completed a bachelor’s degree in music therapy at Elizabethtown College and a master’s degree in social work at Widener University.  He is presently a master’s to PhD student in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies and adjunct faculty in the Center for Social Work Education, both at Widener University.  His primary research interests are the relationships among interpersonal trauma, identity development, and psychiatric illness in LGBTQ adolescents and adults.

Matthew Phillips

LCSW, MT-BC