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.
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
Matthew Houston is not in-network with any insurances.
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The initial phone consultation and the first session are offered without charge.
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