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Psychology 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.

I am a licensed counseling psychologist in the States of California, Colorado, New Jersey, and New York. I am credentialed with The Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) to offer telehealth services in 34 additional states.

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.

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 working with adolescents, emerging adults, and adults. 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 City of New York Police Department (NYPD), the Institute for Children and Families at Rutgers University, the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) Charter Schools, the Lauder Institute at Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, the New Jersey Public School System, the New York City Police Department (NYPD), New York University, The School at Columbia University and the US State Department, Foreign Service Institute(FSI).

Areas of Client Focus:

  • Adjustments & Transitions
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Communication
  • Couples & Family Systems
  • Emerging Adulthood & Millennials
  • Family Systems
  • Grief & Loss
  • Group & System Interventions
  • Intimacy Issues
  • Multicultural & Cultural Adjustment
  • Parenting
  • Self Esteem
  • 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 client’s pain and other difficulties. They are able to put clients at ease and make people feel comfortable.


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



I am a founding psychologist for The City of New York Police Department (NYPD) Health & Wellness Unit, a new division focused on officer and community intervention within its 36,000 person force, the nations largest. Previous to the NYPD, I worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Family Therapy at Seton Hall University. 


Within my teaching and training, I address 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 giving voice and creating space for marginalized individuals.

My research is reflective of my work as. a psychologist. I use a method known as “the Listening Guide,” which was created by my mentor Dr. Carol Gilligan (In A Different Voice, 1993). My current research explores the narratives of Dominican American, Korean American, and Trinidadian American, second generation, college educated women; stereotypes and bias in online dating; the voices and narratives of women who have experienced IVF; and the experiences of Asian American performers in theater, film, and television.

My quantitative work on the effects of harm, hurt, and neglect by caregivers of older Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual adults was published in the Journal of Homosexuality in 2014. My qualitative work exploring the narratives of Korean American women during and post college was published in Narrative Inquiry in 2018. My theoretical work exploring teaching gender within the classroom was published in Scholarship for Teaching & Learning in Psychology in 2020 My full CV is available here.

Matthew James Graziano, MSW, PhD, LP
Phone: 917.922.1785 or 


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