Melba Nicholson Sullivan

Melba Nicholson Sullivan


Psychologist, PhD
New York Accepting Online

I am open to partnering with Executives and/or their organizations to design mission-aligned practices that reduce stress and promote thriving at work, in community, and at home.

Updated September 17, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Medical professionals' mental health
  • Mindfulness
  • Race, culture and identity
  • Resilience

Professional statement

Dr. Melba Nicholson Sullivan is a licensed clinical-community psychologist committed to promoting individual and collective resilience. Her clients are big thinkers, dreamers, and decision makers who sometimes find themselves held back by painful experiences of the past. Dr. Nicholson Sullivan treats old wounds with curiosity, creativity, and compassion, creating an opportunity for clients to move with greater freedom into their bright future.

Many of Dr. Nicholson Sullivan’s clients navigate feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression that have become overwhelming, and impact how they show up at work and in relationships. She works with clients to explore core beliefs about themselves, others, and the systems they exist within, co-creating practical strategies tailored to each client and their life journey.

Dr. Nicholson Sullivan’s therapeutic approach is rooted in mindfulness and human rights. She draws from her training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and executive coaching strategies in order to expand clients’ internal and external resources for healing, rest, and joy.

Dr. Nicholson Sullivan is committed to maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive practice, which serves as a safe harbor for people who identify as LGBTQIA and people of the global majority. In addition to her Midtown office, Dr. Nicholson Sullivan offers the flexibility of remote therapy sessions, and welcomes new clients to her online practice.

Message to clients

Let's tap into your big vision for your life and relationships to address past and present pain. I facilitate the freedom individual and collective power/resilience that results from transforming your past hurts and present difficulties into fuel for your future vision. We will greet the challenges that arise in your relationship with yourself and others with courage, kindness, curiosity, and humor. No matter your age, this co-created journey results in greater ease, healing, rest and joy.


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

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

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

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Medical professionals' mental health - Support navigating work-related expectations and stress; addressing issues of burnout, hierarchical pressures, and vicarious trauma

Mindfulness - Developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present

Race, culture and identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity

Resilience - Improving one's ability to adapt to changes, challenges and stressful situations


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Melba Sullivan is not in-network with any insurances.

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $300 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $300 (60min)
  • Family sessions: $300 (60min)

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
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
Therapist's note

Please note Dr. Sullivan requires a minimum 8-week commitment for weekly individual and family sessions.


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 2:00-6:30pm
  • Tue 12:00pm-6:30pm
  • Wed 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Thu
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 24 years

Sage Psychological Services, CEO/Founder, 2010 - Present
Ackerman Institute for The Family, 2018 - Present
Human Rights Watch, 2018 - Present
Seven Stones Leadership Group, 2016 - 2018
Bellevue-NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, 2010 - 2017
American University of Nigeria, 2009 - 2010
The Family Institute at Northwestern University, 2003 - 2008

Harvard Medical School, Global Mental Health Certificate, 2009
Duke University, Internship and Postdoctoral Studies, Child and Family Trauma and Policy, 2003
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., Clinical-Community Psychology, 2001
Howard University, BS, Summa Cum Laude, 1995


New York: 018720

Illinois: 071-006957



Client testimonials

"Dr. Sullivan gets right to the heart of the matter and helps me see where the work is. I'm looking forward to the end results!"
- Zencare client • July 2020
"Dr. Sullivan was personable and straightforward. I was given clear information as far as her experience and expertise. I felt reassured about where I am in life and how her approaches can help me towards wholeness and mindfulness."
- Zencare client • June 2020
"Dr. Sullivan was transparent, punctual, and pleasant."
- Zencare client • June 2020