Jessica  Matthews
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Jessica Matthews


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Master of Social Work, MSW
New York Accepting Online
Updated September 8, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Life transitions
  • Trauma
  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics

Professional statement

Jessica Mathews is a Licensed Psychotherapist based in New York, NY. She works with young adults ages 22-38 looking overcome feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, past trauma, and questions about their identity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Many of her clients are high-achieving adults who are driven and have high expectations for themselves but find they are feeling overwhelmed with the weight of expectations, fears of failure and disappointing others, people-pleasing behaviors and struggle with self-confidence. Her clients frequently described themselves as over-thinkers, perfectionists, and feel paralyzed with decision-making and starting projects.

Jessica’s style is rooted in Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and she has training in many different types of therapy including Mindfulness-based approaches, Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and Attachment-based therapy.

Jessica believes the cornerstone of the therapeutic process is the working relationship between the client and therapist. Jessica offers an alliance of safety, free of judgment and “suppose too’s.” She meets her clients where they are, accepts them for who they are, and works to help get them where they want and hope to be. Jessica has an online therapy practice. She offers virtual video sessions to help make therapy more accessible. Jessica also offers her clients the first session for $70, so they can get to know her before committing to her full fee.

Message to clients

It's not you just you. As a therapist who works with young adults, I have noticed a pattern of perfectionism, pressure to perform, fear of making mistakes, people-pleasing behavior, and self-criticism. These tendencies are leading to exhaustion, anxiety, depression, self-sabotage, and burnout. Our work together will help you develop new ways of thinking, living, and relating to others. You will feel more connected to the present, yourself, others, and the life you desire to live.

I offer a free 20-minute consultation with my potential clients to find out what is bringing you to therapy, what you're looking to gain from this experience, and make sure my training and skills will be helpful. I also offer my clients the first session for $70 so you can get to know me a bit before committing to working together.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

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

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges


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


  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna)
  • FIT Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO)
  • Optum
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan

Jessica Matthews is accepting clients using listed insurances, paying listed fees, or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • GHI

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $185 (45min)
  • Initial session: $80 (60min)
  • EMDR Standard Session: $205 (60min)

Additional session information

Therapist's note

I offer my clients the first session for $80 so they can get to know me before committing to my full fee.


Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9AM-7PM
  • Tue 9AM-7PM
  • Wed 9AM-7PM
  • Thu 9AM-7PM
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Mattapan Community Health Center, Behavioral Health Therapist and Clinical Supervisor, 2018 - 2022
South Bay Community Services, Mental Health Therapist, 2017 - 2018
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Mental Health Therapist, 2016 - 2017
Concord-Carlisle High School, School Adjustment Counselor, 2015 - 2016

Megan McQuary, LCSW; PESI Behavioral Health, EMDR Toolbox for Traumatic Grief and Mourning, 2022
Tiffani Dilworth, LPC; PESI Behavioral Health, Creating Safe Spaces for Culturally Diverse Clients to Grieve, 2022
Diana Sebzda, MA, LPC, FT; PESI Behavioral Health, Clinical Strategies for Collective Grief and Pandemic Fatigue, 2022
David Kessler, MA, RN, FACHE; PESI Behavioral Health, The 6th Stage of Grief, 2022
Claire Bidwell Smith, LCPC; PESI Behavioral Health, Narrative Therapy Techniques for Navigating Grief and Uncertainty, 2022
National Association of Social Workers, Psychosocial Interventions for Chronic Pain , 2022
Arizona Trauma Institute, The 10 Core Competencies of Trauma, PTSD, Grief & Loss, 2021
International Association of Trauma Professionals, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Certificate, 2021
EMDR Institute, EMDR Basic Training Certificate, 2020
Cherokee Health Systems, Integrated Care Boot Camp for Behaviorists (Integration of Medical Illness and Mental Health), 2019
Boston University Continuing Education, Motivational Interviewing, 2018
PESI Behavioral Health Educational Institute, Suicide Prevention, 2017
Boston Medical Center, Addiction 101, 2017
Boston Medical Center, Domestic Violence, 2017


New York: 093854

Massachusetts: 122406