Annie McCue, PsyD

Annie McCue
Psychologist, PhD

Accepting clients paying out of pocket or who have PPO plans other than Blue Cross Blue Shield. (Slots for BCBS clients are full.) (updated March 2, 2017)

Annie is a talented therapist... I appreciate her transparency and ability to help her clients grow by showing them what they are capable of accomplishing in session and beyond..."

- Ambitious adult woman with feminist values (2016)

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    About Dr. McCue

  • Specializes in working with members of the LGBTQIA community and clients struggling with disordered eating habits
  • Expertise in disordered eating, depression, anxiety, substance use, relationship issues, and life transitions
  • Combines multiple client-centered therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Staff Psychologist at the group practice Kendall Psychological Associates

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Dr. McCue works with adults and older adolescents. Her primary areas of interest include disordered eating, depression, anxiety, substance use, relationship issues, and life transitions. She also specializes in working with members of the LGBTQIA community. Dr. McCue's approach is client-centered and active, drawing mostly on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as “third-wave” behavioral approaches such Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and other mindfulness-based techniques.

Dr. McCue received her Clinical Psychology doctorate from Suffolk University. She has extensive experience working with individuals struggling with with disordered eating, both in private practice and in her previous work at the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center and the Center for Eating Disorder Care at the University Medical Center of Princeton.

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MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

" My style of therapy is, above all, warm, empathic, and responsive. I value humor and transparency in my work, and as well as collaborative effort and open feedback and dialogue.  I aim to provide my clients with the skills necessary to deal with the problems facing them in the here-and-now while also paying mind to the influence that our past experiences have on our present functioning "

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Kendall Psychological Associates, Clinical Psychologist, 2015 - Present
Cambridge Eating Disorder Center, Outpatient Program Coordinator, 2014 - Present
Cambridge Eating Disorder Center, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013 - 2014
Princeton Healthcare System, Predoctoral Psychology Intern, 2012 - 2013 

Suffolk University, PhD, 2008 - 2013
Suffolk University, MA, 2005 - 2008
Kalamazoo College, BA in Psychology, 2000 - 2004

specialties

SPECIALTIES

DEEP EXPERTISE AREAS

Disordered Eating –Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; not wanting to give up the eating disorder; feeling lonely but struggling to eat with friends; completed a predoctoral internship at the APA-approved Center for Eating Disorder Care at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro; served as the Outpatient Coordinator at the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center.
LGBTQIA issues – Questioning gender and sexuality; non-binary identification, transgender identification, queer identity, and sexuality. Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Relationships –  Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Substance abuse – Including tobacco, marijuana, and alcohol
 

OVERALL EXPERTISE AREAS

Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Borderline Personality Disorder – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; treatment dependent on severity; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Life transitions –  Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Using exposure and response prevention to help clients confront OCD, e.g. concern with and/or fear of germs and becoming 'contaminated'
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Sexual abuse & Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

treatment-orientation

TREATMENT ORIENTATION

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)

clientele

CLIENTELE

Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults

Languages

LANGUAGES

English


I’ve worked with a variety of therapists and know the struggle to find the right balance all too well. Annie’s approach of inserting her educated opinion is balanced by her ability to remain still and allow the client to work through it without input. Her intuitive nature allows for an ebb and flow throughout the session that leads to personal accomplishment in a supportive setting.

Annie is a talented therapist who gives and receives feedback well. I appreciate her transparency and ability to help her clients grow by showing them what they are capable of accomplishing in session and beyond.
— Ambitious adult woman with feminist values, much talent to offer, and a diagnosis of GAD, BED, and PTSD (2016)
Dr. Annie McCue has shown me that a therapist can actually help. To generalize, I haven’t had the best experience with mental health care providers in the past. I was connected with Annie through a treatment center I went to at a time that can be categorically “the worst point in my life.” A solid combination of family, internal, life, and health issues resulted in a very miserable day to day experience.

I had pretty much given up hope in being “helped” by others or even by myself when I was paired with Annie. She upfront told me she wants me to have a quality experience, make progress and be honest with her. If I didn’t like something she did/said she told me she wanted me to tell her and we can work from there. She is not a therapist who is very “in your face” about the fact that she has degrees and because of it she’s better than you and knows more. She listens! She cares. And most importantly she combines her knowledge with your experiences to create a quality treatment plan in order to help you.

She frequently checks in with me about how I’m feeling in regards to progress made and treatment plans being used to make sure that I am still happy with the things happening, and if not we then discuss it to fix it. She isn’t hesitant to push me in difficult situations because she knows what I need to do to make progress. With the perfect balance of humor and supportive questions/remarks I have been able to open up and make incredible progress. Annie isn’t afraid to stop me during my rants about all the things my brain is rapidly processing- just to ask me to clarify about one of the thoughts- once I do, she says continue. She helps me get through things by processing them- not telling me to just ignore them. I could just keep going about how great she is, but I’ll sum it up with this- I feel immensely supported with Dr. Annie McCue on my treatment team.
— CEDC alum '15 ; College Student (2016)