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Matthew Houston

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
New York
ADHD-Relationships-Anxiety- Existential crisis & challenges-Life transitions-Depression-

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Professional statement

Matthew Houston is a licensed clinical social worker based in the vibrant city of New York. Matthew is patient-focused and collaborative and 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 approach to therapy is rooted in an interpersonal lens, which involves bolstering awareness in everyday life and strengthening one's ability to consciously respond. He believes in working collaboratively with his patients to explore conscious and unconscious obstacles to growth, and support the changing of unhelpful patterns that are hard to let go of. Therapy offers a safe space and time to connect with ourselves, process difficult emotions, and initiate long-lasting change and self-improvement. Matthew believes that change is within reach and is looking forward to providing transformative support.

Matthew strives to understand his patients empathetically so that they may empathetically know themselves. His practice is rooted in creating a place where patients can identify and connect with their feelings and sensations, develop a greater sense of aliveness, and feel empowered in their daily lives.

Message to clients

As a therapist, my primary goal is to establish a supportive and accepting environment where you can confidently delve into your thoughts and emotions. I employ a diverse range of therapeutic approaches to facilitate your journey towards gaining insight, strengthening effective responsiveness, and instigating positive transformations in your life.

While I offer guidance and structure, I firmly believe that the most fruitful therapy occurs when you take an active role in shaping the process. Your unique needs and objectives are paramount, and I am committed to tailoring our sessions accordingly. By working collaboratively, we can nurture empathy, self-compassion, and a sense of empowerment, all while exploring your past and striving to create a more fulfilling future.

Within our therapeutic relationship, you can expect a space to explore your experiences, express your feelings, and confront challenges. My aim is to cultivate an atmosphere of trust and respect, where you feel heard and understood. Through compassionate listening and insightful dialogue, we will explore the factors contributing to your current situation, identify patterns, and overcome obstacles. I am dedicated to ongoing professional development and stay informed about the latest advancements in the field of therapy.

If you are ready to embark on a transformative journey towards a more fulfilling and empowered life, I invite you to take the first step. Together, we can embark on a path of self-discovery and growth, creating positive changes that resonate throughout various aspects of your life.

Work and Education

Therapy By Design NYC, Psychotherapist
The Fifth Avenue Counseling Center, Psychotherapist

The William Alanson White Institute, Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program, 2023
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




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

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)

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)

Locations & Hours


Matthew Houston is not in-network with any insurances.

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Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$250 (45min)
  • Sliding scale:$125 - $250
  • Initial session:$250 (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
  • 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.