Clinical Treatment Experience
In his general practice of Clinical Psychology, Tom Matthews Ph.D. emphasizes the most effective and practical solutions drawn
from diverse theory and clinical experience. His broad theoretical and clinical
interests are based firmly in Western empirical psychology and medicine, as confirmed
and complemented by the wisdom of the meditative disciplines. Utilizing psychotherapy,
neurofeedback, biofeedback, and EMDR, Dr. Matthews provides clients with an integrated
and more holistic approach than most traditional practices can provide. Also easily
available are the clinically coordinated services of psychiatry and neuropsychology
should they be needed. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Matthews maintains non-medical
privileges at several local hospitals for those very rare occasions when client
care demands hospital resources.
Medical patients with severe and chronic illness experience marked psycho-social
issues. These difficulties respond well to behavioral interventions. Dr. Matthews
provides Healthy Behavior Consultation to patients of the Comprehensive Cancer Center, at Saint Francis Health Center in Topeka.
Genuine interest and skill with psychotherapy and the broad array of psychiatric disorders have been developed through years
of work on psychiatric hospital staff, nursing home consultation, and particularly
a private practice (individual, couple, and family therapy, with clients ranging
in age from five to geriatric). The focus of Dr. Matthews’ psychotherapy work
today is helping people recover from psychological aspects of medical disorders,
emotional problems, and traumatic experience.
Beyond maintaining a practice of psychotherapy, Dr. Matthews brings to his work
the unique contribution of his training in the clinical application of neurofeedback, biofeedback, and stress management. His dissertation was in biofeedback and he has twice been the president of
the Biofeedback Society of Kansas.
He offers neurofeedback interventions based on his study with most of the pioneers
in the field. Clinic capabilities include topographic and Quantitative EEG brain mapping to pinpoint exactly which localized brain sites are not functioning as expected.
Particularly useful when the brain has been injured, this analysis allows treatment
interventions to focus upon remediating the functioning in these specific brain
locations through neurofeedback.
Dr. Matthews is recognized by the National Register of Health Service Providers
in Psychology, and maintains credentials including BCIA (Senior Fellow), BCIA-EEG
(Associate Fellow), QEEGT, and Kansas psychology license.