Matthew Welsh, MS, Ph.D.

Matthew Welsh MS, PhD

Licensing & Certifications:

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois and Kansas
  • Licensed Attorney in the State of Indiana

Professional Background

Matthew began his professional career as a lawyer. Studying and practicing in the field of law helped him develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of how to navigate the practical challenges of life. However, working as a lawyer made him realize he wanted to help people on a more personal, emotional, and psychological level so they could be effective before they need a lawyer. So, at the age of 29, he quit his job as a family law attorney and went back to school to get a Ph.D. in Psychology. He now works as a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois and Kansas and as a life coach. As a lifetime student, he is dedicated to learning. He wants to learn more about you and help you get to where you want to be.

He wants to learn what is in your heart, mind, soul, and emotions and help you express those parts of yourself in a meaningful and real way. He understands the stress of working in a high-pressure career and difficulty of finding authentic fulfillment and self-expression. When he worked as a lawyer, he questioned why he experienced confusion and anxiety.

So, now he is committed to helping others overcome obstacles related to work stress, relationship problems, and career changes. He also works as a clinical psychologist at a Veteran Affairs hospital providing psychotherapy to Veterans. He can use this experience to help you with any trauma, PTSD, anger, depression, anxiety, or drug and alcohol problems.


University of Notre Dame – Bachelor’s Degree in Economics – Cum Laude

Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis – J.D.

Indiana University – Bloomington – M.S. in Counseling and Counselor Education

Purdue University – Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Show more

Area of Focus:

Matthew started his career as a lawyer but shifted to psychology to help people on a deeper level. Now a clinical psychologist and life coach, he’s committed to understanding and assisting others through their challenges, including work stress, relationships, and trauma.

Matthew uses several treatment techniques, such as:

  • Individual therapy for work stress, relationship problems, life purpose, and career changes.
  • Also provides treatment for PTSD, trauma, anger, depression, anxiety, codependency, or drug and alcohol problems.

Books & Journals

Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Motivation

Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Motivation: Understanding the Difference

Intrinsic motivation involves an internal reason for doing something or pursuing an objective, while extrinsic motivation involves an external reason or reward for engaging in an activity or a goal. Both can be important for completing tasks and personal development.

October 10, 2020