My goal as a therapist is to partner with clients to build on their strengths and deepen their perspective into the transitions and challenges they face. Often people choose to start therapy because they are seeking change. That change may involve finding new ways to cope with anxiety, depression, or other emotional pain. It may involve setting different boundaries in relationships. It may involve living life more intentionally and authentically, however one may choose to define that. Change can be overwhelming and is often difficult, but I believe therapy provides the support and insight needed to make any change easier to navigate.
What I enjoy most about being a therapist is building relationships with people, and creating an environment in which my clients can build trust and learn more about themselves through the process.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of New York with a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University. I have extensive experience working within queer communities, as well as with those who have lived through trauma, and I have received advanced clinical training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I have worked as a therapist in both nonprofit and community outpatient settings which has allowed me to see clients across a wide array of races, ethnicities, sexualities, and gender identities. I have also had the opportunity to lead multidisciplinary teams focused on making professional environments more inclusive and understanding of people’s lived experience.
Born and raised in New York City, I am well-acquainted with the unique stressors that come with living and thriving in this buzzing place. I am confident that our work together will bring an added sense of calm and clarity to your life.
You are the expert in your own lived experience. While my practice is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), I use a variety of techniques tailored to your needs. I am committed to using an anti-oppressive framework that explores how environments, relationships, and circumstances shape your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
I offer individual therapy and couples therapy to adults who are 18 and older.
While each of my clients brings a unique set of experiences and challenges to therapy, some common areas of therapeutic focus include:
Our first session will center on us building a common understanding of what has brought you to therapy. It is common for clients to feel nervous about the first session, so I will make room for us to acknowledge and talk about that as well to increase your comfort. Our first session is also an opportunity for you to get a sense of what our work together could look like, and to ask any questions you may have.Are sessions confidential?
All information presented in therapy is confidential and protected by the standards outlined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). There is a very specific set of circumstances in which I am required by law to disclose private information without consent in order to protect you or others from serious harm, and they are:
Outside of the circumstances listed above, your information will only be shared with your consent.
Individual sessions are 45 minutes. Couples sessions are 60 minutes.What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept cash, check, and Venmo. Payment is coordinated at the start of every session.What is your cancellation policy?
I request that any cancellations be made at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled appointment so that we can reschedule. If the cancellation occurs less than 48 hours before the scheduled appointment time, you will be responsible for paying the full fee for the missed session.Do you accept insurance?
I do not take insurance at this time. Please check with your insurance provider about out-of-network coverage to see if you might be eligible to receive reimbursements for our sessions. I am happy to provide any paperwork required.
Our work together will give you the space to process, to heal, and to set new goals. Your willingness to explore the therapeutic options available to you indicates that you are ready for some aspect of your life to look different. I look forward to connecting with you, and to collaborating with you as you make your way through this part of your journey.
Madison McCullough, LCSW
20 W. 20th St., Suite 234, New York, NY 10011