Matthew Houston, Therapist in New York — Zencare
Matthew  Houston
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Matthew Houston

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
New York Accepting Online
Updated August 16, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Relationships
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Existential crisis & challenges
  • Life transitions
  • Depression

Professional statement

Matthew Houston is a licensed clinical social worker based in New York City. Matthew specializes in working with adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, intimacy, life transitions, identity, meaning, and the interpersonal challenges surrounding family and relationships. Matthew's work is patient-focused and collaborative.

Matthew Houston approaches therapy through a psychodynamic lens, working to bolster awareness in everyday life and strengthen one's ability to respond. Matthew works in partnership to explore the conscious and unconscious obstacles to growth and support changing unhelpful patterns that are hard to let go of. Therapy is a process with ups, downs, achievements, and setbacks. Long-standing change and self-improvement take time and effort, and they're not always comfortable. Therapy offers time and space to express and process these sometimes difficult emotions and reconnect with the most vital part of ourselves.

As a therapist, Matthew works empathetically to understand the patient so that the patient might empathetically know themselves. His practice's heart is a commitment to creating a space where patients can identify and connect with feelings and sensations and develop a greater sense of vitality and empowerment in daily life.

Message to clients

I understand that finding a therapist and therapy style that works best for you can be difficult. As a therapist, I create a safe, engaged, non-judgmental space to foster curiosity, empathy, and self-empowerment. Though patient-led, I'm eclectic in how I work, bringing several approaches to working with patients and seeking to co-create a structure that works best for the patient. Though each treatment is different, my goal is to encourage self-compassion and engage each person's capacity for understanding and growth. In collaboration, we explore and understand the past, to take action in the present to change the future.


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

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

ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure

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

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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Matthew Houston 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: $180 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $150 - $180
  • Initial session: $180 (45min)

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
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Multiple times a week
Therapist's note

The initial phone consultation and the first session are offered without charge.


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 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Tue 7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Wed 7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Thu 7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Fri 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Therapy By Design NYC, Psychotherapist, 2019 - Present
The Fifth Avenue Counseling Center, Psychotherapist, 2015 - Present

The William Alanson White Institute, Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program, 2022
Somatic Experiencing International, Beginning 1, 2022
The Psychoanalytic Association of New York, NYU Langone, Prelude to Training, 2019
Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Anxiety-Related Disorders, 2018
New York University, Silver School of Social Work, MSW, 2015
The New School, General Psychology, Non-Degree MA, 2013


New York: 89462