Carolyn McCandlish, LMSW

“Therapy is a safe, nonjudgmental space to help you process your challenges and harness your strengths. We will collaborate together to shed light on patterns that contribute to suffering so you can develop more agency in your own life.”


Training & Logistics


Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)


Location: 96 W. Houston Street Ground Floor, Office 103, New York, NY 10012
Trains nearby: 12, ACE, BDF, 46, RW

Frequency options: Weekly, Biweekly, or Monthly

Exchange: $85/45-min 1-on-1 session
$120/60-min couple’s session

Payment options: I accept debit/credit card payments through Square


I ground my work in psychodynamic theory, which basically means that my office is first and foremost a safe space to talk with a compassionate guide. I layer in creative, experiential strategies that access the root of current and historical obstacles, and I will sometimes bring in more concrete strategies drawn from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

I have focused my training on relationship dynamics (particularly within couples and families) and creative arts therapies. My multifaceted professional background as an actor, teacher, and entrepreneur has uniquely honed my understanding of complex human emotion, interpersonal relationships, and the role of the body in storing our personal histories.

I work with people on a wide range of issues including, but not limited to:

  • Anger

  • Anxiety

  • Career Stress

  • Dating/Couples/Relationships

  • Depression

  • Family Dynamics

  • Life Transitions

  • Trauma

If I have never been to therapy before, what should I expect? How do I know if I should go, and how do I start?

Anyone can benefit from therapy, so you don’t need to be in the midst of a crisis in order to make it worthwhile (though that’s a good time to find a therapist too). Many people go to therapy as part of their self-care routine in order to prioritize emotional health and understand challenges as they emerge.

There is no “right way” to do therapy, so I tailor the space to meet each person’s needs. In our first session, I will lay out some of the logistics of the space and we’ll discuss your expectations and priorities. We will set goals together and explore some background information. You can share as much or as little as you like - it’s always up to you what makes you feel comfortable.


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