Hi! My name is Sharon Mathew (she / her / hers), and I am a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in Illinois. I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and earned a dual-degree Bachelor of Social Work degree (B.S.W.) and Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Psychology in 2018. My orange and blue days continued at UIUC, where I earned my Master of Social Work degree (M.S.W.), with a specialization in School Social Work in 2021.
My professional experience extends across a variety of settings. One of my first roles involved supporting children between the ages of 6-15 years old in residential care, as well as in a therapeutic day school setting. Following that, I interned at Evanston Township High School, providing social work services for students with emotional disabilities in the junior class. From there, I moved into more acute behavioral healthcare, working in partial hospitalization programs (PHP) and intensive outpatient programs (IOP) for adults with binge eating disorder and impacts of trauma. In one program, I additionally lead a queer process group open to any patient exploring challenges related to sexuality, relationships, and more. My patients come from many walks of life, carrying manifold stories that they don’t have to hold alone. I have provided behavioral healthcare services across the lifespan and have worked on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, immigration and acculturation issues, LGBTQIA+ and other marginalized communities, burnout, job stress, trauma, substance abuse, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional-defiant disorder (ODD), family problems, relationship trouble, eating disorders, and self-esteem / women’s issues.
Working in these spaces has given me great opportunities to become familiar with multiple modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. In residential care, I was trained in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and Collaborative Problem Solving, strong evidence-based practices for crisis de-escalation in a trauma-informed way. I’m also grateful to be familiar with Cognitive Processing for Trauma. Founded on a strengths-based perspective, my goal is to use these techniques to assist you with piecing together the mosaic of your life. My hope is to help you recognize the tools in your possession already to face your unique challenges, as well as nurture new skills so you can shine in all places.
I provide teletherapy services for Home Psych Services, P.C. and Generations Behavioral Healthcare, P.C. using secure video teleconferencing for the comfort, convenience, and added privacy and safety of my clients. When I’m not in my remote office, I enjoy spending time with my family, my partner, and my friends, exploring Chicago, and listening to Taylor Swift.
Thank you for reading part of my story. I look forward to guiding you as you shape yours!
“I finally realized that owning up to your vulnerabilities is a form of strength. And making the choice to go to therapy is a form of strength.” -Lizzo