Matt Ellis is a Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive clinical experience as a therapist in treating adult and adolescent clients in the inpatient, intensive outpatient, and outpatient program levels of care for multiple behavioral healthcare organizations and treatment facilities. He graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2002 with a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Matt has worked for New Life Counseling Centers as an Associate Licensed Counselor offering individual, couples, and family therapy, Communicare, as a mental health therapist providing diagnostic assessments, treatment planning, and individual and group psychotherapy on an outpatient basis, and as a therapist leading mental health and chemical dependency groups in the Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) of Parkwood and Lakeside Behavioral Health Systems.
He started and operated an independent, private counseling practice in 2005, served as a therapist and part-time Director of Child Development for Palmer Home for Children in Desoto County, and most recently worked as the clinical supervisor for the Mississippi Children's Home Services' MYPAC program in Olive Branch.
His areas of clinical specialty include: depression, bipolar disorder, chemical dependency/addiction, addictive family systems, ADHD, anxiety, anger, trauma, marital and family system problems. His preferred treatment modalities include Dr. Jeffrey Young's Schema-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and most recently, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Matt's passion and "calling" is to fulfill the role of counselor in the lives of wounded and recovering people and families by "walking alongside" them on their road to healing with the offer of help, comfort, encouragement, and hope.