Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, and evening appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Performers' and artists' mental health
- Caregivers' mental health
- Couples counseling
James McGeveran is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Flatiron, Manhattan. He helps clients with challenges related to spirituality, autism, depression, anxiety, creative blocks, and caregiver stress. He is a seasoned therapist with experience working with a diverse range of clients including college students, professionals, couples, individuals in addiction recovery, and artists and performers.
James specializes in exploring the role of spirituality in daily life. He enjoys talking with clients through their concerns around meaning, ethics, and beliefs about themselves and the world. He provides support to individuals questioning their religious upbringing, as well as those who are interested incorporating mindfulness to become more grounded in the present moment.
James is also passionate about supporting individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. He takes a collaborative approach, coordinating with treatment team members, to provide close care through social skills, family interactions, and sensory difficulties.
James is committed to providing a tailored and solution-focused approach, using humor to find the joy in each client's life. His office is conveniently located near the East 23rd Street metro station.
Spirituality – Developing a healthy spirituality and handling religious conflicts
Mindfulness – Using techniques like breathing and meditation to increase self-awareness and manage day-to-day stress
Autism spectrum disorder – Support understanding the diagnosis and related challenges and strengths; skill-building in areas of daily routine, transitions, coping with overwhelming sensory experiences, social skills, and emotion identification and regulation
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Performers' and artists' mental health – Rediscovering lost performance and/or creativity; working through creative blocks
Caregivers' mental health – Offering support and helping caregivers of loved ones cope with the stress
Anger management – Finding practical ways to cope with anger, anxiety, and sudden changes in mood; identify triggers and find alternatives to counterproductive responses
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
James is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
- Initial session: $200 (60min)
- Ongoing sessions: $150/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: James can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"My philosophy of psychotherapy is that 'everything works for someone and nothing works for everyone.' I tailor my approach to your needs to you as an individual. I look for strengths that can help you resolve your challenges wherever they may be found. Often, what we see as problems can also be sources of strength and resourcefulness and I bring that thinking into the work I do with all of my clients. I focus on solutions when they are your focus and I offer support when that is what you need. I work with a variety of treatment approaches. I have done classical Psychoanalytic work with a couch and notepad, and I have helped patients build life skills outside an office setting. I think a doctrinaire approach is nearly always counterproductive and I will do whatever you find effective. Psychotherapy is a dialogue, and I welcome and thrive on the feedback of my clients to find what will make psychotherapy useful and conducive to growth."
Treatment approachesAcceptance 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)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (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)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (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)
Education and work experience
The Senate SRO, Case Manager, 1999 - 2001
Project Reachout, Outreach Worker, 2001 - 2002
Project Reachout, Outreach Team Supervisor 2002 - 2004
Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services, Intensive Case Manager Center, 2004 - 2005
ALSO Cornerstone New Haven CT, Outreach & Engagement Case Manager, 2005 - 2008
National Institute for the Psychotherapies, Psychoanalytic Training Certification, 2017
Hunter College, LMSW, 2013
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, MA in Forensic Psychology, 2004