Hi, I’m Matthew Kornacki (He/Him).
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I was born and raised in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs and moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with my partner.
I received my undergraduate degree in biopsychology at Monmouth College and pursued my master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I have been in the mental health field for ten years, working in various settings. From inpatient mental health, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient therapy, and community mental health, I have been fortunate enough to explore a variety of settings. This includes working with individuals who have spanned a broad spectrum of suffering and growth.
The choice to go into mental health and counseling was buried under many factors that I have found, over the years, are much bigger than myself. Every day I learn something new about myself that I did not know the day prior, and I strive to help people do the same. As counselors, we must honor that clients allow us to be vulnerable with them, trust us to sit with their pain, and sometimes be the first to celebrate their accomplishments.
Helping people develop the insight, tools, and techniques to live a full and rich life fills me with gratitude and excitement. Helping people build aspirations and achievement allows me to look within myself to be aware of my feelings, whether contentment, pain, or annoyance, and further model this awareness to the people I work with. I particularly enjoy working with emerging adults striving to learn how they fit in the world. Identity explorations, instability, self-focus, feeling in-between adolescence and adulthood, and a sense of broad possibilities for the future; what a truly amazing and challenging part of life to navigate through!
I tailor my therapy style to suit the unique facets of every individual that I work with. In my training, I have pulled from many different theoretical perspectives, including client-centered, acceptance, and commitment therapy, emotion-focused therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and family systems/structural therapy. Before transitioning to Move Forward Counseling, I focused on the systems/structural work as a family-based therapist for over three years. I try my hardest to see human beings for who they are in the moment. Whatever brings you into therapy, whether it be difficult life transitions, anxiety, depression, etc.
My goal is to create a comfortable environment where you do not feel judged and a therapeutic relationship that will allow us to explore and celebrate who you are while giving us the patience to heal from the past and present.
In my free time, I love spending time with my partner and our two greyhounds: Obie and Addie. Throughout my life, I have loved spending time outdoors. Being from the Midwest, I have become quite an avid ice fisherman, although I haven’t engaged in this activity in quite a while. Being outside has always centered me. Whether it be a canoe trip, camping, hiking, or a simple walk outside, I have always enjoyed what nature offers.
I look forward to meeting you! Please reach out if you feel like we would work well together!
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Matthew Kornacki can provide in-person sessions at our Lancaster therapy office or telehealth sessions to anyone living in Pennsylvania.
Whether you are suffering from panic attacks, obsessive – compulsive disorder, or generalized anxiety we have therapists who use evidenced-based treatments, such as cognitive-bahavioral therapy, to help you.
Many individuals feel like they are at war with their bodies. Whether it’s feeling shame, guilt, or giving ourselves critical comments about our bodies, we can be our own worst enemy. Our therapists can help you feel at peace with your body and learn to be kind to yourself.
Caregiving for a loved one can be challenging even in the best of circumstances. Often we don’t think about how the caregiver needs support, too. If you are experiencing burnout, our therapists can teach you skills to help you cope.
Depression and anxiety are extremely common, but often under-diagnosed by medical providers during pregnancy and postpartum. Our providers have specialized training to help women with anxiety and depression in this specific period in their lives.
Depression, one of the most common mental health disorders, is very treatable. Our therapists are specially trained to help individuals with depression get back to feeling like themselves again.
Move Forward Counseling is an inclusive practice where we want the LGBTQIA+ community to feel welcome and supported. Whether you are unsure how to embrace your identity, are having relationship issues, or need extra support from a non-judgmental person, we have therapists who can help.
Life transitions encompass many things, including starting or ending a romantic relationship, changes with work or school or making any big life change, such as a move. Often we underestimate how these changes will affect us emotionally until we find ourselves struggling with the ups and downs of the life transition.
While we don’t provide couples counseling at Move Forward, many individuals seek counseling to discuss how they can have healthier relationships. Our therapists can help you learn new ways of communicating, setting boundaries, and other ways to have more positive relationships with others.
Trauma symptoms and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be debilitating for many who experience it. Recovery from trauma is possible and we have therapists who can help.
Moving into adulthood brings its own set of challenges. You may feel pressure to have a “career” or find your life partner. You may be unsure of making these big life decisions and may feel lost because you no longer have school or other adults in your life telling you what you should choose.
The period of adolescence can be exciting, but also challenging for many teens. Difficulties with friends, school, anxiety, depression, cutting, and substance abuse are all common issues for this group. Due to a lack of life experience, teens may not know how to manage these problems which is why therapy can be especially helpful.
Reach out today to get started. Our supportive staff will help guide you through the scheduling process, discuss special requests and consult your insurance needs.