Matt Thatcher, LPC CCS, is Bloom’s chief clinical facilitator and a full-time practicing therapist. He has been part of the Lakeshore and Grand Rapids communities for over 40 years. His academic journey led him to Western Michigan University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice while minoring in Philosophy.
Taking a detour into the ski industry in Vail, Colorado, for a span of two years, Matt eventually returned to Chicago, pursuing graduate studies at the Chicago School of Forensic Psychology and completing a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
His practicum training unfolded at Advocate Illinois Masonic Behavioral Health, where he also held a clinical therapy position in their outpatient clinic. Throughout his career, Matt has gained experience in varied clinical settings and levels of mental health care, including adult and children’s psychiatric hospitals, outpatient therapy clinics, and now developing his private practice.
In 2013, Matt became a Michigander again and was licensed as a professional counselor in the state of Michigan. Matt’s therapeutic approach is developed from cognitive behavioral therapy, and integrates aspects of client-centered, internal family systems and PCIT. Notably, Matt has expertise and added training in treating Selective Mutism and other anxiety disorders. Matt recently achieved qualifications as a Certified Clinical Supervisor for Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPCs), enabling him to offer clinical supervision to those striving for full licensure.
Matt finds deep meaning in his work as he sees his client’s progress and shift in mindset. “I greatly admire the difficult work my clients do and enjoy seeing personal growth of all kinds. I feel most fulfilled when people allow me to walk with them, and be part of their story as they heal and grow.”