The care you deserve

Persimmon Tree Counseling exists to help clients flourish. In the counseling process therapist Matt Hickman seeks to help each person identify the strengths they already possess, and to gain skills for coping with life's challenges. We accept self-pay and Blue Cross Blue Shield (IL).
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Matthew D. Hickman, LCPC

You have a story you believe about who you are. It may be that the circumstances of life make you feel like you are not in control of your own story. As a therapist, my passion is helping my clients, who include children, adults and families, to reclaim their stories for themselves. Each client can come to perceive themselves in a healthy way and to find within themselves strengths and skills which allow them to thrive. I am a trauma-informed therapist trained in a variety of approaches, and use an eclectic framework in therapy because no single approach is the right one for every individual. My educational background includes an MA in Clinical Counseling from Lincoln (IL) Christian University, and a Master of Divinity from the Mennonite seminary in Elkhart, IN. In my undergraduate study I took in lectures at King’s College, London, UK on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I am a trained EMDR Therapist. I have extensive experience with foster care and adoption, and raising children with disabilities.
Matthew D. Hickman



  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Panic Disorders
  • Life Transitions
  • Adoption
  • Attachment Issues
  • College Mental Health
  • Spirituality and Religion
  • Social Communication Disorders
  • School Issues
  • Family Conflict
  • Children with Disabilities


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Play Therapy
  • Trauma Focused
  • Family Therapy

Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (IL)
  • Health Alliance


Persimmon Tree Counseling LLC.

207 W. Jefferson St. Ste 401
Bloomington, IL 61701-3969

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