Matt Glowiak, PhD, LCPC


National Certified Counselor
Certified Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor


Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Walden University
M.S., Mental Health Counseling, Walden University

Area of Focus:

  • Substance use and process disorders
  • Social justice/advocacy
  • Motivational speaking and writing
  • Self-care
  • Diagnoseable mental health conditions including but not limited to major depression, anxiety, bipolar I & II, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder

Matt’s Recent Articles

Professional Background

Dr. Matt Glowiak began his counseling career as a substance abuse counselor in a methadone clinic. During his time at the clinic, he managed a caseload of 62 clients who he met with at least one 30-minute session per month but oftentimes more frequently. Each client was diagnosed with opioid use disorder severe, primarily intravenous heroin use. With a clinical mental health degree and license, Dr. Glowiak would concurrently treat opioid use disorder along with any co-occurring and/or polysubstance diagnosis. Common co-occurring disorders included major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, bipolar I and II, borderline personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. Throughout this experience, Dr. Glowiak continued learning more about the complicated nature of addictions, diagnosis, treatment, advocacy, and helpful resources.

Shortly thereafter, Dr. Glowiak co-founded and co-directed a group private practice in the Chicago metropolitan. With three locations, fifteen clinicians, and many clients; both the counselor and client-base were diverse with varied needs. Most every common mental health disorder was treated along with some more complicated ones such as dissociative identity disorder (DID). The practice focused on multicultural sensitivity, having many bilingual counselors focused on populations such as women, ethnic minorities, LGBTQIAP+ individuals, and others. Individual, couples, family, and group sessions were provided. Further, the practice was a DASA-approved Level I & II treatment facility and continued education provider.

Dr. Glowiak has served in the capacity of professor both in-person and online. To date, he has instructed over a thousand students and taught many classes ranging from diversity to theories, to research, and clinical instruction. Combining teaching with clinical experience has provided him the opportunity to not only assist clients directly but educate and inspire students and novice clinicians to effectively counsel. 

Beyond counseling and teaching, Dr. Glowiak has a long history of advocacy, servant leadership, publications, and presentations. Dr. Glowiak has provided free sessions to clients in need as well as created a scholarship for a local counseling association. He is published in seven textbooks, and dozens of articles including those peer-reviewed and featured media quotes. Dr. Glowiak presents both in-person and online. Since 2019 he hosted a local Bolingbrook, Illinois television show, “Mental Health Matters with Dr. Matt,” which serves to educate the community on mental health and de-stigmatize the topic.

Dr. Glowiak loves everything about counseling and professes this work being his calling in life. This is exuded in every interaction with every client, student, colleague, and otherwise. With an interest in motivational speaking and writing, he recently published his first book, “A Year of Finding Your Callings: Daily Practices to Uncover Your Passion and Purpose.” This inclusive book is a compilation of daily entries that help readers follow their passion and purpose while becoming more culturally sensitive. 

Professional Affiliations


  • A Year of Finding Your Callings: Daily Practices to Uncover Your Passion and Purpose
  • Glowiak, M. V. (2019). Escaping reality: Adolescent substance abuse. In D.Capuzzi & D. Gross (2019). Youth at risk: Prevention resource for counselors,teachers, and parents (7th ed.) Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
  • Glowiak, M. V. (2017). Individual counseling: Traditional and brief approaches. In D.Capuzzi & D. Gross (Eds). Introduction to the counseling profession (7th ed.)New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Glowiak, M. V., & Mayfield, M. (2016). Middle childhood: Physical and cognitive development. In D. Capuzzi & M. Stauffer (PhDs). Human Development Across the Life Span: Applications for Counseling. John Wiley Publishing Company.
  • Glowiak, M. V., & Mayfield, M. (2016). Middle childhood: emotional and social development. In D. Capuzzi & M. Stauffer (PhDs). Human Development Across the Life Span: Applications for Counseling. John Wiley Publishing Company.

Contributor to the Following Publications:

  • Counseling Today
  • The Advocate Magazine
  • Counseling Today
  • WebMD
  • Healthline
  • Vice
  • Diestel
  • Hello Giggles
  • CSI Exemplar
  • Illinois Counseling Association (ICA) Contact
  • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) media