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John McAteer Psychotherapy, LCSW

John McAteer is a licensed clinical social worker who treats adolescents, adults, and families seeking recovery from addiction and mental health difficulties. He has extensive training in motivational interviewing, which he uses to create a safe and supportive environment to support the changes that are important to you. Not all who wander are lost!

  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Addiction and Substance Misuse
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I take a strengths-based approach for your treatment, and we will work collaboratively.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I knew I wanted to help people since I was a child. I was always good listener and felt empathic to those in need of support. I have worked in many different settings throughout my career: in alternative schools for students with learning and emotional difficulties; clinical settings providing therapy; I spent 10 years at the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Through these experiences, I have been able to hone my ability to work within the micro and macro systems that impact an individual’s ability to function in day-to-day life. I have specialized training in motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. This training has helped me understand that the client is the expert of their own lives and experiences, and that the answers to their issues are inside them. I use my extensive training to work collaboratively with clients to help them identify their challenges and guide them through overcoming them.
What should someone know about working with you?
I always like to have an initial assessment with clients to make sure we are a good fit for one another. During this initial session, I take a strengths-based approach for treatment and work collaboratively with the client to address concerns and make a plan, together. We will explore what they value most and how to set and achieve the goals needed to sustain a free and fulfilling life for them and their families that align with their values. I have a thirst for learning, so I am constantly reading up on new research and techniques to help my clients. There is no one-size-fits-all intervention. I continuously seek education and training on trauma and how it impacts development as well as a person’s day-to-day functioning.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am a kind and empathic person. I believe we should treat others as we would like to be treated. Internalized anger that we do not express becomes focused internally and turns into self-abuse and depression. My values stem from a belief that we should be most kind to ourselves. Honesty with yourself and others is very important as well. It is through the lens of honesty that we can identify the true nature of how we feel and how we can best identify and utilize our strengths and assets.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I have been collaborating with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice and Adelphi University’s Institute for Trauma, Treatment, and Training. We have been collecting and analyzing data on how clients in the juvenile justice system improve through the use of a trauma-based curriculum. Thus far, we have found that youth who receive these interventions improve and have a more positive outlook on themselves and their future.
“We will explore what you value most and how to set and achieve the goals needed to sustain a free and fulfilling life for yourself and your family that aligns with your values.”
Interested in speaking with John?