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Matthew Polacheck, Psy.D.

Matthew Polacheck, Psy.D. is a nationally-recognized expert and spokesperson in the field of mental health and substance use disorder issues. In therapy, he works with adolescents and adults struggling with a variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, substance misuse and behavioral addictions, relationship and family conflicts, as well as others.  Dr. Polacheck provides therapy for individuals as well as group therapy. He is accepting new clients.  

Aside from private practice, Dr. Polacheck has served as the Director of Betty Ford Center Los Angeles, utilizing his wide breadth of experience and expertise to lead the addiction treatment center.  He has traveled the country providing training to groups of professionals including United Airlines pilots, as well as doctors, nurses, lawyers, and HR representatives.”  He has had numerous leadership roles, in a range of settings, during his 20 years as a clinician. Prior to Betty Ford, he was the Director of Mental Health for the Center for Discovery. Dr. Polacheck also served as program director for multiple adolescent residential facilities, where he worked with a diverse range of patients using a variety of clinical interventions. He was instrumental in opening and operating residential, partial hospitalization, and I.O.P. programs.


Dr. Polacheck’s goal of educating the public has led to many appearances on television, including on CNN, FOX news, ABC News, NBC News, and more than 21 episodes of the Dr. Phil Show. Dr. Polacheck has also co-hosted a radio show called “Answers for the Family,” and has appeared multiple times on SiriusXM radio and other channels. He also has written articles for and been featured in  many national publications.


Aside from his leadership and training, the value that Dr. Polacheck places on education is reflected in his years spent teaching graduate courses, chairing dissertations, and mentoring and supervising future therapists.

Schedule with Dr. Polacheck by calling our office at (404) 256-9325 or reach him by email at

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