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Matthew Houston Psychotherapy, LCSW

Matthew Houston works with adolescents and adults of all ages. He received his master's in social work from New York University. Matthew specializes in working with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, intimacy, life transitions, and the interpersonal challenges surrounding family and relationships. Matthew's work is client-led, client-focused, and collaborative.

Specialties
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • ADD/ADHD
Pay with insurance
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Locations
  • Offers virtual sessions
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“My practice's heart is a commitment to creating a space where clients can identify and connect with feelings and sensations and develop a greater sense of vitality and empowerment in daily life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From a young age, I have been deeply curious and interested in experiencing the world around me and understanding the world of others. I was always seeking to know why we do the things we do. In pursuit of a better understanding of this question, I received an undergraduate degree in psychology, worked at the American Psychological Association, and worked with the CHEST at Hunter College. I found myself doing postgraduate studies at The New School and gaining professional experience working at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, one of the most prominent LGBTQ+ medical centers in the United States. I also earned a master’s from New York University. My passionate curiosity has led me to attend training and workshops in a diverse tapestry of theoretical viewpoints, including cognitive behavioral, sex, somatic, psychodynamic, and psychoanalytic therapies.
What should someone know about working with you?
I approach therapy through a psychodynamic lens, working to bolster awareness in everyday life and strengthen one's ability to respond. I work in partnership to explore the conscious and unconscious obstacles to growth and support changing unhelpful patterns that are hard to let go of. As a therapist, I work empathetically to understand the client so that the client might empathetically know themselves. My practice's heart is a commitment to creating a space where clients can identify and connect with feelings and sensations and develop a greater sense of vitality and empowerment in daily life.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am curious by nature and a lifelong learner by practice. I read widely, drawing from art, philosophy, and science to deepen and inform my therapeutic approach. I recently finished the first training steps in somatic experiencing, which looks to integrate bottom-up processing to more fully support a mind-body connection. I will pursue training at William Alanson White Institute in their Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program in the fall.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that therapy consists of three crucial components: Understanding how past experiences impact growth in the present, strengthening the muscle of awareness in daily life, and developing the ability to respond. I work with clients throughout this process to develop, strengthen, and live the values they wish to see in daily life.
“I believe that therapy consists of three crucial components: Understanding how past experiences impact growth in the present, strengthening the muscle of awareness in daily life, and developing the ability to respond.”
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