Valerie  Oltarsh-McCarthy

Valerie Oltarsh-McCarthy

Master of Public Health, MPH Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW-R
Accepting new clients for morning, afternoon, & daytime online therapy appointments (updated July 1, 2020)
Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Caregiver stress
  • Chronic illness in oneself and loved ones
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Depression
  • Ethnic and cultural identity
  • Shame
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Valerie Oltarsh-McCarthy, LCSW, MPH, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She works closely with adults through a wide range of challenges including depression, anxiety, grief, multicultural challenges, and life transitions. Having received extensive post-graduate training at The National Institute for the Psychotherapies, Valerie's particular expertise is helping clients heal from grief, loss, and trauma. She gently guides clients through the coping process, offering support, validating their feelings, and helping them work through complex emotions.

Valerie works primarily from a psychodynamic psychoanalytic approach to help clients change through self-recognition of subconscious thoughts and emotions. Empathetic and insightful, she is attuned to the needs of her clients and is excited to collaborate with each individual toward finding personal fulfillment.

Valerie has a special interest in working with immigrants. As program director at the New York Association for New Americans, Valerie worked to help integrate immigrants into their new milieu. In her practice, she is committed to helping newcomers and others navigate issues of identity and adaptation. Her office is located steps away from the 72nd Street Broadway subway station.

Message to clients

I strive to create an environment which feels safe and where we are able to understand, relieve and try to improve what is troubling you. Sometimes that means sharing feelings of sorrow, fear, shame, loss or anguish; sometimes it is more thinking aloud and determining a more productive course of action. We will work together so that you feel less alone, more understood and supported in whatever may be troubling you.


Caregiver stress - Coping with anxiety, stress, fatigue, and burnout related to caring for a loved one; balancing the needs of others with one's own needs and health

Chronic illness in oneself and loved ones - Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress

Cultural adjustment - Acclimating to a new environment; managing stress and coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people and places

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

Ethnic and cultural identity - Exploring topics of cultural, and ethnic background relating to migration, identity, and feelings of otherness and isolation

Shame - Feelings of worthlessness, depression, self-criticism, excessive need for approval, harmful behaviors, avoidance

Trauma - Coping and healing after witnessing or experiencing threatening or violent events, including crime, accidents or sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Valerie Oltarsh-McCarthy 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 (45min)
  • Initial session: $300 (50min)

Therapist's note

Valerie also offers sessions that are 60 and 90 minutes.

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


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Upper West Side practice

133 West 72nd Street

New York, NY 10023


  • Mon 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2005 - Present; faculty National Institute for the Psychotherapies

Advocate for Immigrants and Refugees

New York University, MSW and MPH in not-for-profit and city government

National Institute for the Psychotherapies, Four-Year Post Grad Graduate