Matthew James Graziano, MSW, Ph.D. | Phone: 917.922.1785
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Psychotherapy Practice

I hold my Bachelor of Arts in English, Art History, and Humanities from the University of Colorado at Boulder; Master of Social Work (MSW) from Rutgers University—New Brunswick; and Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology (PhD) from New York University.

Within my work, I am deeply committed to the inclusion of multicultural content and issues of social justice. I come to each session with a desire to use the power of human narratives to foster deep, meaningful connections with my clients.

I am a licensed counseling psychologist in New York State and the State of New Jersey, and I work with adolescents, emerging adults, and adults. My practice addresses a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioral issues for individuals, couples, and families. Humor, conversation, and personal connection are a cornerstone of my practice.

I have nearly two decades of experience. During that time, I have provided individual and group psychotherapy, comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, as well as large scale clinical and educational interventions in a variety of settings. These settings include Baruch College, the Chapin School, the Child Mind Institute, the New Jersey Public School System, the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) Charter Schools, New York University, the Institute for Children and Families at Rutgers University, The School at Columbia University and the US State Department, Foreign Service Institute.

Areas of Client Focus:

  • Adjustments & Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Career
  • Communication
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Emerging Adulthood & Millennials
  • Family Systems
  • Gender
  • Grief & Loss
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity
  • Intimacy Issues
  • Multicultural & Cultural Adjustment
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Concerns (Individuals, Couples, Families)
  • Self Esteem
  • Trauma
  • Work Life Balance

I identify as a social worker and a counseling psychologist.


A great psychologist is open-minded and tolerant of people and situations. They are also open to new research and new ways of thinking that might challenge their ideals.


A great psychologist is very compassionate and can empathize with a patient’s pain and other difficulties. They are able to put patients at ease and make people feel comfortable.


A great psychologist is very patient, both during long periods of research and with individual patients. They understand that significant periods of time can pass before substantial results can be seen.


I am an Assistant Professor and the Program Director for campus-based Professional Counseling and School Counseling Programs in the Department of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy, Seton Hall University.

My classroom work addresses the complexities of the social, political, cultural, environmental, and economic world. As such, I emphasize understanding how individuals interact with American and global culture.


Within research, I am committed to fostering agency and creating space for marginalized voices.

My research focuses on individuals within marginalized groups. To conduct this research, I use a method known as “the Listening Guide,” which was created by Dr. Carol Gilligan (In A Different Voice) in the 1980’s. I was mentored by Dr. Gilligan during my time at NYU. Currently, my work explores the narratives of Dominican American, Korean American, and Trinidadian American, second generation, college educated women and their experiences during and post college.

My quantitative work on the effects of harm, hurt, and neglect by caregivers of older Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual adults aged 66-88 was published in the Journal of Homosexuality in 2014. My qualitative work exploring the relationship between the American Dream, infertility, and marginalized identities is currently under review.

My quantitative and qualitative work has been presented both nationally and internationally; publication list is available via my CV.

Matthew James Graziano, MSW, Ph.D.
Phone: 917.922.1785