Think. Do. Therapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 

for T(w)eens, Young Adults
and Adults

Mary McGaughan, Psy.D.

about me.

I am a licensed psychologist working in Montclair, NJ. I work with children ages 12+, teens, young adults, and their families and use evidence based therapies tailored to their unique needs. I am also a certified school psychologist and worked from 2013-2019 at the Robert Louis Stevenson therapeutic high school in New York City.

I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Franklin & Marshall College and my Doctorate in School Psychology from St. John’s University in Queens. While at St. John’s I completed my dissertation on the diagnosis of learning disabilities. I also completed pre and postdoctoral trainings at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City.

I have worked in in a number of settings including psychological clinics, research facilities, and both public and therapeutic school settings.

My specialized training is in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In addition to having completed a 2-year doctoral fellowship in REBT at the Albert Ellis Institute (AEI), I am also a certified REBT supervisor, and worked for several years as a staff therapist at AEI. I have also received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Consultants in New York City and have obtained ongoing supervision regarding how to modify DBT for use in schools.

I love working with kids and teens. They’re fun, interesting, and spunky. I learn new things from them every day and I like seeing them develop into independent, responsible, and happy adults. Just as much, I love understanding what has made people into the adults they have become so I can help them become who they want to be.

Those who know me know I LOVE dogs. I like to have fun. I like to dance and run. I love being around people and understanding what makes them tick.
I am licensed as a psychologist in the following states:
New Jersey – license # 35SI00565000
New York – license #: 020555

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why am i different?

I am trained in providing evidence based psychotherapies.

This means that there has been a lot of research supporting the approaches I use to help people feel better and function better.

I am a trained school psychologist.

I understand how emotions, peer relationships, academic and cognitive skills, biology, and genetics interact within a person’s culture, community, school, peer group, and family to make them who they are.

I am committed to collaboration.

I am ready and willing to collaborate with kids, parents, schools, and other providers to make sure everyone is on the same page so change can come about effectively and efficiently.

what do i do?

Most of my work is guided by principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and – more specifically – Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). These are just fancy terms for saying I help people look at how their thoughts, feelings, and  behaviors impact how they feel. I help people figure out if their thoughts and actions are helping them feel better or worse. I then help them learn to think and act differently so they can feel better and achieve their goals. My work is also guided by principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). This is another type of therapy that is especially helpful for people who feel things really strongly, act somewhat intensely, and have difficulties calming down.

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things i can help with

  • Manage feelings like depression, anxiety, and anger.
  • Learn why negative feelings are sometimes important to have
  • Learn to become aware of and control your urges
  • Learn and accept your strengths and weaknesses
  • Help you strike a school/work/life balance
  • Be nicer to yourself
  • Tolerate uncomfortable situations
  • Set boundaries and speak up for yourself
  • Get along better with others
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Group Therapy

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what to expect…


structured therapy…
I will work collaboratively with you to understand your situation, set clear goals, help you develop skills to achieve those goals, and let you get on with your life.


i promise i will…
Listen and try to understand you without judging you.
Take an approach that makes sense for YOU.
Help you set and stand by your goals (not mine).
Use my knowledge to help you manage difficult feelings and situations.
Ask you to practice what we talk about in your life, and let me know how it goes.
Check in weekly about how things are going and be open to your feedback and thought


what i ask of you…
Show up
Keep an open mind
Be open to change including thinking and acting in new ways

Payment and Insurance

I am an out-of-network provider and do not accept insurance at this time.

You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.

Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.

If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.

Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.

For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit or call 201-701-3251.

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Please call or email to set up a free 20 minute phone consultation.

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103 Park Street
Suite 2C 
Montclair, NJ 07042


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