Matthew Tessitore, Psy. D.

Counselor Summary

Matthew TessitoreDr. Matthew J. Tessitore is a licensed, clinical psychologist, in private practice with Bethlehem Counseling Associates since October 2021. “Dr. Matt” has successfully treated adults and teenagers presenting a variety of clinical concerns, including depression; anxiety; relational issues; boundaries; trauma/abuse; identity concerns; grief; and LGBTQ+ populations.

Dr. Matt’s integrative approach centers on the uniqueness of each case. His treatment plans are formulated to accommodate both, the clinical needs, and personal goals of each client. While emphasizing the importance of cultivating a safe, trustful, and meaningful relationships within the therapy room, Dr. Matt practices through a Psychodynamic lens. He focuses on the impact of repeating patterns across a client’s lifespan. After identifying these patterns, Dr. Matt helps to refine a client’s innate strengths to augment perceived weaknesses, as a means of overcoming challenges and maximizing well-being.

Dr. Matt earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. There, his dissertation analyzed the “coming out” process for sexual minorities and its impacts on individuals and families. Dr. Matt was an active member of his academic and clinical communities throughout his graduate education. He was a practicing clinician at a variety of sites and locations ranging from inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities, as well as a variety of community-based practices for children and families. In his academic community, Dr. Matt served as an adjunct faculty member in the Master’s Program for Counseling Psychology at Chestnut Hill College. He continues to teach graduate level courses, such as Development Across the Lifespan and Clinical Competencies for working with LGBTQ+ clients.

Client Focus

  • Individual and family therapy with adolescents, adults and older adults

Education

  • Psy.D. Clinical Psychology
    (Psychological Assessment concentration)
    Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA
  • M.Ed. Counseling and Human Services
    Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
  • BA Psychology and German
    Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
    Summa cum laude

Specialties

  • Eating disorders
  • Adjustment disorders to life transitions
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Grief
  • Medical illnesses
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Intimate partner violence.