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Cynthia Shaw(She/Her/Hers)

Psychologist, PsyD
Existential crisis & challenges- Life transitions- Loss, grief, and bereavement-Self-esteem-Life purpose & meaning-Loneliness-

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Professional statement

Dr. Cynthia Shaw is a Psychologist and offers virtual services for New York, and all PsyPact residents, including, but not limited to New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Washington, and Maine. Dr. Shaw specializes in helping those who are feeling anxious and "stuck" and who are interested in better understanding who they are. Many of Dr. Shaw’s clients recently went through a major life transition, bringing them to therapy as they manage their emotions after the change. These transitions include changes in relationship status or job status, or illness or injury, and leave the individual struggling with feelings of loneliness, dread, or grief. Dr. Shaw helps those whose low self-esteem makes it hard for them to feel comfortable in social situations, or whose perfectionism and people pleasing leads to feelings of burnout and isolation.

Dr. Shaw’s approach to therapy draws from Existential and Philosophical perspectives, which means that she encourages clients to examine their mental health and life situations through large questions about life’s meaning and purpose. She also practices Experiential and Relational Processing therapy to help clients deepen their relationships with others. Clients learn skills from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness therapy practices, growing their self-awareness and shifting their attention towards what’s important for them. Dr. Shaw uses a person-centered, strengths-based style, letting the client lead the conversation and manage their healing journey. She provides supportive perspective and encouragement, building an environment of mutual trust and respect.

Dr. Shaw earned a PsyD from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her goal is to help clients reach greater insight into their lives and to grow through this insight. She enjoys bringing humor, creativity, and humility into sessions so clients feel comfortable talking about what’s on their mind.

Message to clients

Welcome! I'm so glad that you stumbled across my page. As a nostalgic thinker and curious soul myself, I am passionate about mental health and existential struggles. I often work with adults, corporate professionals, and college students looking to better understand themselves, improve their self-esteem, build authentic relationships, and live a life that is meaningful and fulfilling. Originally from NJ, my personality and therapeutic approach is a blend of straightforwardness, compassion, and humor. If you're interested in a holistic, strengths-based, human approach to therapy and tired of the medicalized mainstream approaches, then I encourage you to reach out today!

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 4 years

Authentically Living Psychological Services, PLLC, Owner
Resilience Psychological Services , Clinical Psychologist
Behavioral Wellness Center at Girard, PreDoctoral Intern
Sankofa Psychological Services, Advanced Extern
Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare Center, Therapy Extern
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Adjunct Professor

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology , 2020
Wagner College, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2015


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Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Life purpose & meaning - Exploring one’s beliefs and values around life purpose, meaning, and spirituality; addressing the barriers to living a life that feels fulfilling, including instigating change or developing new habits

Loneliness - Developing an understanding of one’s loneliness, including its origins and how it impacts daily life; decreasing the occurrence of loneliness by addressing barriers to social connection and practicing coping skills


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


Cynthia Shaw is not in-network with any insurances.

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Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$295 (50min)
  • Sliding scale:$250 - $295

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

Dr. Shaw also offers 30min sessions at the rate of $220, in addition to sliding scale fees for students.

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