Matt  McDavid
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Matt McDavid


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York, Florida Accepting Online
Updated September 18, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Artists' mental health
  • Depression
  • Existential crisis & challenges
  • Life transitions
  • Life purpose & meaning

Professional statement

Matt McDavid (LCSW) is a licensed clinical psychotherapist who studied and trained at Columbia University. McDavid Creative Therapy is a 100% telehealth psychotherapy practice for residents of New York and Florida that is consciously created + decidedly different. During weekly sessions, Matt practices trauma-informed care that shifts a client's focus from “what’s wrong with me?” to “what happened to me?” Understanding this distinction empowers clients to unlock compassion and pride for themselves and release misplaced shame and blame.

It's common for Matt's clients to feel disconnected from their emotions or, conversely, that they’re drowning in their feelings. They seek self-growth and relief from their fear, self-doubt, and perfectionism. Matt creates a safe and welcoming environment that allows his clients to feel comfortable opening up. He is a strengths-based therapist, believing that all individuals are resilient and unique, and that they can use their past experiences of overcoming challenges to guide their current endeavors for healing and growth. Matt incorporates therapy modalities like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, narrative therapy, and Internal Family Systems therapy. His goal is to empower his clients to see their current situation as part of a larger narrative, and to understand that they’re doing the best they can to cope with their emotions.

Matt values inclusion in his practice and welcomes diversity in all its beautiful forms. His philosophy recognizes that all people come from different upbringings and each person has a different world view, meaning different crises break them down in different ways.

But, what’s the same is that a crisis can always be a catalyst for transformational growth. Matt's lived through these cycles personally and he's guided clients just like you through them professionally.

Now it's your turn.

Message to clients

Being a therapist is my true calling. Personal mental health challenges as a young adult exposed me to the healing power and transformative potential of therapy. My own experience profoundly changed me – it opened my heart and gave me a deep well of empathy and respect for all those who suffer from mental health challenges. As a result, I've devoted my life to helping others suffering as I had.

When life breaks you down it also breaks you open. These cracks let in the light that illuminates one’s true self. It’s possible to be more beautiful after the breaking. It’s possible to transform shame into pride. I know because I’ve experienced it myself. I know because, as a therapist, I’ve helped my clients experience it, as well.

As a therapist, I help my clients learn to accept all of their feelings, especially, the ones that make them uncomfortable.

There are no bad feelings. All of our feelings are always trying to help us. This framing makes it possible to greet our “negative” feelings as friends.

When we allow ourselves to be present and connect with our feelings we can reconnect to ourselves and unlock joy. I’ve seen time and time again that my different approach does more than just relieve painful symptoms. It leads to peace, self-love and self- compassion. Our work together will show you how this can happen for you.


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

Artists' mental health - Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

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

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


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


Matt McDavid is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $295 (45min)


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 Closed
  • Tue 10am-2pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 10am-2pm
  • Fri practice closed
  • Sat practice closed
  • Sun practice closed

Online Sessions (Florida)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 6 years

New Pathways Counseling Center, Therapist, 2018 - 2022

Columbia University, Masters of Social Work, 2017


New York: 094806

Florida: TPSW3117