Accepting new clients for daytime appointments at Brooklyn office
Pre-teens (9 - 12)
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Dr. Mary Gallagher is a psychologist with offices in both Brooklyn and Flatiron, Manhattan specializing in anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma, mindfulness, and compulsive behaviors. She received pre-doctoral training at the Montefiore Medical Center and went on to receive her Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She is a skilled clinician, highly competent in providing individual, family, and group therapy teenagers, young adults, and adults.
Having received specialized training in both focus areas, Dr. Gallagher’s area of expertise lies in supporting individuals with OCD and trauma. For clients with OCD, she takes an evidence-based approach using exposure response therapy, gently guiding individuals to be exposed to their fear or compulsive ritual in a very structured way. For clients with trauma, she uses prolonged exposure or cognitive processing therapy and draws upon dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and works with each individual to build coping skills, unique to each person’s symptoms. At the heart of her practice is a focus on helping clients, particularly those with anxiety or depression, with emotion regulation by helping them build skills to identify and change how they feel.
Dr. Gallagher has a special interest in working in working with teenagers and young adults. She approaches treatment with compassion and empathy, creating an atmosphere that is validating and change-oriented.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
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'
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Mindfulness – Focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children including how to incorporate mindfulness into parenting and the challenges of new parenthood
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Dr. Gallagher is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $275-$300/session based on location (45min)
Therapist's note: Dr. Gallagher can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Dr. Gallagher provides treatment that is approachable, evidence-based, and individualized to each client. Her goal is to help clients learn how to cope with stress and emotions more effectively and create healthier patterns of thinking and behaving."
Treatment approachesCognitive 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)
Mindfulness Based Stress ReductionMindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBCR) brings together the healing benefits of meditation and yoga to reduce stress, anxiety, and autonomic responses. (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)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2018 - Present
Center for Cognitive & Dialectical Behavior Therapy (CCDBT), 2013 - 2017
Montefiore Medical Center, 2012 - 2013
Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology Albert Einstein College of Medicine, MA & PsyD, 2008 - 2013
Duke University, BS, 2008