ABOUT ME

Hi, I am Miriam Matthews, LICSW, LCSW

If you have found yourself on this page and are reading my bio, there’s a likelihood that you’re looking to learn more about therapy and if it’s right for you. You may also be wondering if you will be welcomed, in a non-judgmental atmosphere and an atmosphere that is also caring. As research supports mental health counseling, the critical finding is that therapy is most beneficial, when you feel supported and understood by your therapist.

I began pursuing a career in social work and counseling at a young age. My personal and professional experiences over the years have since shaped and shifted my therapeutic style. I believe in the human capability approach and strengths perspective, meaning that those who seek therapy with a desire to grow and willingness to challenge themselves, will bring about positive change in themselves.

I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializing in traumas relating to (racial; prejudice; discrimination; sexual abuse), cultural identity concerns, depression, anxiety, women’s issues, military issues, stress, and grief. I also offer Christian based counseling, for those who request it. I have a variety of experience in working in the fields of Behavioral Health, the March of Dimes (supporting the health of women/babies), Child Protective Services, Hospice Care, and Geriatric Health Care (in assisting the Psycho-Social needs of vulnerable/at-risk populations).

I have served as an advocate for challenged youth, adults, and geriatrics facing emotional and mental health challenges, as well as socio-economic challenges. While addressing emotional challenges, I have also connected clients with the necessary resources for optimal success. I have over 7 years of experience. 

Ultimately, my mission is to create a safe space to do this work. The elements I utilize to foster safety include:

  • Holding an open-minded, nonjudgmental approach
  • Tailoring therapy to your individual needs
  • Creating space for collaboration and feedback
  • Striving for your best interest over my own, including referring you to a different therapist if we might not be the best fit to work together.
  • And, as is required of all therapists, holding your privacy sacred. I don’t ever reveal information about my clients outside of the office and take all reasonable measures to protect your privacy whenever information is transferred digitally (e.g., email, scheduling, and credit card processing).

Education:

Master of Social Work, 2014 – GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Social Work, 2013 – GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Licenses:

GA CSW007381

MA 122431

VA 0904012155