Matt Zakreski, PsyD

    Dr. Matt is a graduate of Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology in Chester, PA, where he specialized in working with Children and Adolescents in schools, outpatient, and inpatient settings. He works with children in both individual and family therapy modalities, consistent with a Systems approach to psychotherapeutic treatment.  He also has trained extensively in psychological testing.  Dr. Matt’s work is focused on gifted individuals, and has presented his work on giftedness at multiple conferences.  At Grayson, Dr. Matt will be providing counseling services, running therapeutic social skills groups, and supporting students and parents.

    Originally from New Jersey, Matt participated in Gifted and Talented programming throughout his childhood, including the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) for five summers.  At CTY, he learned what it meant to “find your tribe” and became a lifelong fan of “living gifted.” (Not to mention the song “American Pie,” CTY’s official anthem).  His experiences helped him get into Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, where he double-majored in psychology and communication.   After college, he completed a research internship at Harvard University.  After bouncing around with too many odd jobs to count (travel salesman, professional cartoonist, tour guide, waiter, etc.), Matt relocated to the Philadelphia area in 2010 to work at Bancroft Neurohealth as a direct-care staff.  After 1.5 years of that, he began training at Widener University.

    A lover of the beach, Australia, Bruce Springsteen, The Simpsons, Batman comics, Gravity Falls, Harry Potter, and all other things awesome, Dr. Matt is so excited to have found a new “tribe” here at The Grayson School.   He lives in Delaware County with his lovely wife, Julia, and his crazy cat, Lucy.

    gifted education facultyMaria Probasco