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.

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