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Matt McDavid, LCSW

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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.

About Matt's practice

Availability

Availability

Weekdays 9am - 5pm

Fee

Fee

$$$

Style

Style

Directive

Reflective

Body-based

Method

Method

In-person available: No

Virtual available: Yes

Expertise

Expertise

Existential Crisis or Transition

Depression

Anxiety

Trauma

Self-Esteem

Career-Related Stress

Burnout

Perfectionism

Insurance

Insurance

Out of network providers

State

State

NY + 1 more

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Background
Profile

Get to Know Matt

"I first met Matt during one of the darkest periods of my life -- a grief/depression spiral caused by the deaths of several friends and other substantive losses. Matt's compassionate guidance not only helped me through this stretch by teaching me to healthy say goodbye to lost loved ones, but deepened my understanding of the subtler effects of trauma in a way that's had lasting positive influence on every area of my life."

N, Client

"The most meaningful thing that I took away from working with Matt is healing my inner child and cultivating self-compassion. These are two areas I didn't think I needed to work on, but through our sessions, Matt helped me realize that is where I needed to focus on to better myself. The way Matt presented these concepts left such a lasting impression on me and have continued to help me to this day."

J, Client

"Matt's genuine enthusiasm for his sessions with me, along with his ability to consistently find new approaches to old problems, made every session rewarding."

L, Client

"Matt helped me differentiate the things I have control over from the things I don't, and to accept my past mistakes and misfortunes."

T, Client

"I enjoyed Matt's total acceptance of everything I shared with him. I have used other therapists that have expressed shock or surprise with my past and present experiences and I always felt welcome and supported by Matt. It was through his acceptance that I was able to open up more with him and make as much progress as I did."

J, Client

"From grief management to relationship and professional problems, my sessions with Matt consistently broadened my perception and understanding, which helped me shed assumptions that were no longer serving me and foster lasting personal growth."

N, Client

"I have known and collaborated with Matt for seven years. He is a talented and insightful therapist who authentically cares for the people he works with. He brings a calmness and responsiveness to sessions that makes him easy to talk with. If you are looking to form a meaningful therapeutic relationship that will support you to grow and heal I recommend meeting Matt."

Dallas Currie, Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist (LCSW), Colleague

"Matt was a colleague in private practice a few years back. I was always impressed by his clinical judgement, insights and his concern and care of his clients. Matt is highly skilled at providing appropriate therapeutic models and interventions for clients."

Tom Fleming, Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist (LCSW), Colleague

"I had the pleasure of getting to know Matt in group supervision when working at a large practice in Brooklyn and was so sad to see him go. Matt has a gentle, thoughtful, genuine way about him. He cares deeply for his clients and is a gifted therapist."

Nicole Gonzalez, Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist (LCSW), Colleague

"In today's time it's very difficult to find a good therapist. So challenging. I worked with Matt in my training many years ago in Park Slope, Brooklyn and I would not hesitate to recommend him. I was always impressed by his professionalism and detail."

Tahl Liebovitz, Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist (LCSW), Colleague

"Matt is a kind, compassionate, curious and intelligent person. He is able to utilize these qualities with his clients such that he guides them through a journey of self-exploration in a safe way with deep insight. I would recommend working with him 100%"

Alyssa Shapiro, Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist (LMSW), Colleague

What led you to become a mental healthcare practitioner?

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.

What is the best part of the work for you?

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.

Please share 2-3 anonymized examples of how the work can play out and/or look in the room so that I can form a visual or narrative of what to expect.

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.

Are there any philosophies or values that inform your work that I should know about?

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."

How do you approach diversity in the room or working with clients who may come from a different background than you?

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.

What is unique about the work you do, or how have you found your work to be different than your colleagues'?

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.

Where did you work before going into private practice?

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.