Mathew O’Connor, MA, LCAS, ICAADC is the Clinical Director of Green Hill. As Clinical Director, Matt is responsible for ensuring that Green Hill remains on the forefront of best practices in young adult substance use and mental health treatment. He works to implement best practices in creative ways that are impactful for clients. In addition to supervising staff clinicians and clinical interns, Matt holds a small caseload and runs groups which keeps him connected to the community.
Matt holds a Master’s of Contemplative Counseling Psychology from Naropa University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stony Brook University. Having served as a primary therapist in residential treatment at Fellowship Hall and in wilderness therapy at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness, to having worked in early intervention and prevention as the coordinator of the UNC-CH Collegiate Recovery Program, Matt’s experience is quite eclectic. Additionally, Matt has worked in a variety of community mental health and substance use disorder programs.
Matt has dedicated his professional life to helping adolescents and young adults with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. After years of working with this demographic, Matt has developed an approach that is eclectic, person-centered, and holistic. Matt’s approach would best be defined as psychodynamic, pulling from mindfulness based interventions such as ACT and DBT, Gestalt, and somatic experiencing. Matt is also trained as an EMDR therapist.
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Matt maintains a strong connection to the outdoors. When he is not at work you will find him in the hills climbing or hiking with his three dogs: Otis, Uno, and Olive. Matt is a strong believer in the healing power of mindfulness practices and has maintained a personal practice over the last decade.