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Petra McCarthy Psychotherapy, LMHC

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Petra McCarthy is a psychotherapist who has specialized training and substantial experience in anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and women’s issues/infertility. She is an active therapist who believes in the right fit between therapist and client and utilizes a combination of eclectic and evidence-based approaches to help her clients make meaningful changes in their lives.

  • General Mental Health
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • Eating Disorders and Body Image
  • Women’s Mental Health
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • AllSavers UHC
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • United Healthcare Shared Services
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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  • Florida
  • New York
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“I am a warm and compassionate therapist who takes an active role in the therapy process.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Even though I have always been drawn to the field of mental health, my first career was in the corporate sector. Working in the corporate world left me feeling unfulfilled and wanting to contribute to positive change in people’s lives. Through my training and personal experiences, I have learned that therapy can truly be a transformative process and I am excited to support my clients through their own unique journeys toward wellbeing and fulfillment. I have worked in various outpatient settings where I have utilized evidence-based treatment approaches, including CBT, DBT, ACT, and mindfulness. I have completed specialized training for anxiety disorders, OCD, eating disorders, and infertility issues. In addition, my practice is informed by my experience working with perfectionism, relationships, and self-esteem issues.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am a warm and compassionate therapist who takes an active role in the therapy process. I often use humor to help clients open up and look at things from a different perspective. I am committed to helping my clients achieve symptom reduction and create meaningful change by identifying and aligning their behaviors with their values and goals. I aim to create a safe and empathic space and use a collaborative approach to facilitate personal growth and self-discovery. I tailor my approach to the unique needs of my clients and work within a framework that they resonate with the most. I value honest feedback from my clients, as it can help make therapy more effective and successful.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
In order to best help my clients, I often collaborate with other providers and create a team to maximize treatment success. Over the years, I have built a strong network of psychiatrists, physicians, nutritionists, and other psychotherapists who provide the additional support my clients may need.
What is your treatment approach for eating disorders, disordered eating and body image issues?
When working with eating disorders and disordered eating (e.g., emotional eating, binge eating, chronic dieting, and body image issues), I work with clients of all shapes and sizes and incorporate the Health at Every Size (HAES) movement as well as intuitive eating principles into my approach. I believe that true health and wellness are the result of building and maintaining healthy habits and creating a full life; they’re not reflective of a number on the scale.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Therapy doesn’t have to be scary! It is simply a tool to help you work through problems, discover who you are, and build the life you truly want to live. It is an interactive process where you can set your own goals and decide on the areas to explore. I am here to facilitate the process and use my experience and training to help you on your journey. If you want to know more or are interested in working with me, please reach out and let’s chat!
“I often use humor to help clients open up and look at things from a different perspective.”