Melba Nicholson Sullivan

Melba Nicholson Sullivan

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait for afternoon & evening remote therapy appointments (updated July 3, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

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 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 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

General expertise


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: $275 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $180 - $275
  • Couples sessions: $300 (60min)
  • Family sessions: $300 (60min)

Therapist's note

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

Dr. Sullivan can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Midtown practice

347 5th Avenue

Suite 1107

New York, NY 10016

  • Mon 8:00am-4:00pm, 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Tue 12:00pm-4:00pm, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-4:00pm, 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Thu 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private practice, 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, 2000-2003
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., Clinical-Community Psychology, 2001
Howard University, BS, Summa Cum Laude, 1995


  • English

Client testimonials

Zencare client

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

Dr. Sullivan was transparent, punctual, and pleasant.

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