Matthew Amick, PhD, LMFT
Dr. Matthew Amick is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He works with families, couples (including discernment counseling) and individuals. Some issues that Dr. Amick specializes in are mood and anxiety, loss/grief, family or parenting issues, chronic illness, medical issues, and autism. He has honed his ability to help individuals navigate the complex relationships between one’s physical, mental, and emotional systems. He is also proficient in treating substance use disorders across the continuum of care.
Dr. Amick brings a genuine and dedicated energy to the client-therapist relationship. He offers a practical attitude and draws on humor at times in sessions. One lens that he often works from, that many clients have found effective, is an attachment-based perspective; this perspective is emotionally focused and informed by the latest neurobiological research. Dr. Amick’s experiential approach to therapy highlights the need to develop a strong therapeutic alliance and become attuned to unmet emotional needs causing or resulting in presenting problems. Helping people ensure their emotional needs are met is the aim of therapy and the cornerstone of developing resilience. His professional background is also deeply rooted in family systems theory.
Other professional experiences include working in academia and Dr. Amick has also been a part of several mental health publications and research projects with the University of Alabama and Saint Louis University Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Amick graduated from the University of Alabama with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. He also obtained his PhD in Medical Family Therapy from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Beyond his professional pursuits, Dr. Amick enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and carrying on a southern tradition of cooking unnecessarily large quantities of food.