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Hi, I’m Matt. It's great to be with you. I’m proud of you for summoning the rare courage to take this meaningful step on your healing journey. I know it feels scary to be open, honest and vulnerable with someone new. You're not alone – I’m here to help you feel safe. When we feel safe, we can open up and honestly express our thoughts and feelings. When we open up we can finally put down what we’ve been carrying. In therapy, you get to take the filter off. You get to let it all out. Doing so gives us perspective, it allows us to see things differently. This is the first step of building awareness, empowerment and freedom from the thoughts that make us feel like we’re not good enough. Here’s the thing though: you are good enough and you always have been. Over time, working together, I know you’ll see yourself like this as well. I’ve seen time and time again that my approach to therapy does more than just relieve painful symptoms -- it leads to peace, love and compassion. Our work together will show you how this can happen for you.
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Dallas Currie, Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist (LCSW), Colleague
Tom Fleming, Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist (LCSW), Colleague
Nicole Gonzalez, Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist (LCSW), Colleague
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Alyssa Shapiro, Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist (LMSW), Colleague
Being a therapist is my true calling. Personal mental health challenges as a young adult exposed me to the healing power and transformative potential of therapy. My own experience profoundly changed me – it opened my heart. It gave me a deep well of empathy and respect for all those who experience mental health challenges. And so, I devoted my life to helping others experiencing mental health challenges as I had. That led me to Columbia University where I completed my graduate education/training and I've now worked for a decade in the mental health field in New York.
For me, the best part of the work is giving people hope that it is possible to be more beautiful after the breaking -- that it is possible to transform shame into pride. When life breaks you down it also breaks you open: the cracks let in the light that illuminate one’s true self. I know because I’ve experienced it in my own life. I know because as a therapist I’ve helped my clients experience it in theirs. Now, it’s your turn.
Let me take you through how I work with my clients at McDavid Creative Therapy: It starts by validating the real mental health challenges my clients experience, but not to the point where a diagnosis becomes one’s identity. Next, I build on this foundation by helping my clients see that the mental health challenges they are experiencing stem from what happened to them, rather than what’s wrong with them. This simple re-framing has a profound ripple: it allows us to unlock compassion and pride for ourselves. Then, I introduce clients to a strength-based mindset where they can learn to accept all of their feelings, especially the ones that are uncomfortable. There are no bad feelings. All of our feelings are always trying to help us. This framing makes it possible to greet our “negative” feelings as friends. When we allow ourselves to be present and connect with our feelings we can reconnect to ourselves and unlock joy.
My work is informed by the concepts in the below quotes. If these quotes resonate with you then we may be a good fit to work together. "I am not what happened to me. I am what I chose to become." "It takes an earthquake to form a mountain." "A bird sitting on a branch is never afraid of the branch breaking, because its trust is not on the branch but it's own wings." "Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place."
I believe that anything is possible when there is a co-created safe space that allows a client to feel comfortable being open, honest and vulnerable. I consistently validate my clients lived experience so they always feel seen and heard. I help curate safe exploration that allows clients to raise their level of awareness about the real trauma they've experienced caused by oppression and discrimination. My clients have used their new awareness and understanding to see all that they have overcome and become the conscious authors of new, strength-based narratives of their lives.
During weekly sessions, I practice trauma-informed care that shifts a client's focus from “what’s wrong with me?” to “what happened to me?” Understanding this distinction empowers us to heal ourselves, turn off the auto-pilot and take control of our lives.
I've worked at leading New York institutions as a clinical psychotherapist working with individuals/couples/children, as a school counselor and as a mental health nonprofit innovator. I've also received specialized supervision and training working with LGBTQI clients through a Columbia University internship at the Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality, a division of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in Manhattan.