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Paige Matthews, LPC, CADC I

Who I am as a Therapist

Hi, I’m Paige. I’m a queer, gender non-conforming therapist, and I’m excited to serve you as part of the FTCC community.

As a therapist, I can help you look at how systems—family systems, social systems, and systems of oppression—impact your mental health. Systems can play a huge role in how we feel about ourselves. I want to help you deconstruct the ways systems have impacted you, and help you find and reclaim who you really are, and who you were before those systems hurt you.

I want to know who you are, and who you want to be. I want to help you keep yourself safe and I want you to thrive. I also want your children to be safe and I want them to thrive. And I really want queer and transgender people to feel safe and I want them to thrive.

As a therapist and a researcher, I specialize in serving queer and trans children, teens, and adults. This may look like helping transgender children and teens explore their gender; helping queer and transgender adults figure out how to feel better; and helping families learn new strategies to be really safe, supportive spaces for their queer and transgender children. While I do specialize in working with queer and trans clients, I also specialize in working with anyone who struggles with complex trauma, PTSD, substance use, sexual health, and experiences of oppression and/or discrimination.

In a therapy session, I may use a combination of EMDR and talk therapy to help you find solutions to feel better. I will always do this through an anti-oppressive, social justice lens. This means I commit to always remembering we are equal. It also means I don’t hold power over you just because I have certain degrees. I do have ideas, though, and I’d love to share them with you. I look at it like this—you are the expert of your life, and I am here as a guide, holding a road map to suggest some new paths and to see if you’d like to take them.

Sometimes we go to therapy when we are at are lowest low, sometimes we go to therapy to accomplish a specific goal, and sometimes we go to therapy for long term maintenance. I am here for all of it. I am here to witness you during your hardest parts, and your confusing parts, and your victories. I commit to witnessing you through all of it.

I also want you to know why I am here. I am here because I know how badly healthcare systems can harm marginalized clients, and I commit to being a safe healthcare provider for anyone who has been excluded from, or harmed by, traditional healthcare systems. If you have ever felt excluded by healthcare systems—due to income, gender, race, sexuality, disability, trauma, or anything else—I am here for you.

Who I am when I am not being a therapist

When I’m not at work, I’m at school getting my Phd in Education and Leadership, and researching the relationship between queer substance use and sexual health. Outside of work and school, I spend my time at hot springs, vegan restaurants, queer events, and hanging out with my chickens.

My specialties and areas of focus

  • LGBTQ children, teens, and adults
  • Gender and gender-affirming care-Cultural and systemic oppression
  • Substance use
  • Sexual health
  • Self-harm and suicidal ideation
  • Complex trauma and PTSD
  • Families with transgender children
  • Activism and burnout
  • Historically marginalized populations
  • Sex/drug-linked behavior
  • Historical trauma
  • Dissociation and embodiment
  • EMDR