Matt Markowicz, LCSW, CSAC
Trauma & Addictions Specialist
Before becoming a mental health professional, Matt Markowicz completed a four year Air Force enlistment, wherein he was twice deployed to Afghanistan. After serving his country, Matt obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University in 2009, followed by his Master's of Arts from the University of Chicago in 2010. Matt was quickly drawn to the helping profession, landing a job as a mental health technician at a wilderness therapy program on the Big Island of Hawaii. There, he supported adolescents with substance use disorders and trauma histories, as well as their families.
In 2013, he achieved his Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) certificate and moved to Richmond, VA. He continued to work in outpatient settings with individuals with substance use disorders, as well as counseled adolescents in a hospital setting during a research study on Motivational Interviewing. In 2014, Matt became employed at a residential treatment facility for adults with substance use disorders, process addictions, and trauma histories. He also worked with professionals enrolled in the Health Practitioner's Monitoring Program attempting to rehabilitate their licenses. During this time, he began to work toward his Master's in Social Work (MSW) at Virginia Commonwealth University, which he achieved in 2018.
Matt has since worked in harm reduction models and has facilitated Intensive Outpatient Program groups utilizing Gestalt and trauma-informed modalities. Matt is a Licensed Clinical Social worker with various experiential therapy training. He is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which provides an acceleration to healing stubborn trauma symptoms. He is also trained in Psychodrama, which is a unique experiential approach to rewriting trauma narratives. Matt's goal is to aid individuals and their families to overcome what holds them back, and to live healthier, happier lives.