Staff

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Christina Dougherty, LCSW, SAP

Christina is the owner/founder of the Center for Psychotherapy, established in Philadelphia in 2016.  Bringing twenty-five years of experience in the fields of mental health, substance abuse, social services, and child welfare, she is licensed in Pennsylvania and Florida to evaluate and treat behavioral health problems. Christina specializes in individual psychotherapy for adolescents, adults, and seniors. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in clinical psychology in 1999, with a concentration in clinical psychology, and received her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in 2002 from the University of South Florida with a dual specialization in clinical social work and substance abuse counseling.  She is a member of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, as well as the Graduate Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.  Christina received her pre-licensure training at the Tampa VA Medical Center, where she went on to serve eight years as a civil servant and clinical social worker assisting in creating and implementing their Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program, as well as serving other programs and departments within the Medical Center.  Christina began private practice work in 2010 in Tampa FL, both as a solo practitioner and in collaboration with several private and government agencies.  Christina is trained in psychoanalytic theory, CBT, motivational and transpersonal theory, mindfulness/Buddhist theory, 12-step facilitation, and energy psychology. She has experience treating depression, bipolar, trauma/PTSD, anxiety disorders, OCD, adjustment issues, geriatric issues, LGBTQ, substance use disorders, eating disorders, gambling addiction, ACOA/codependency, dual diagnosis, schizophrenia, dissociative disorders, and family/relational/ cultural/employment problems. Her medical social work background also provides expertise in detecting and treating the psychological and emotional problems correlating with physical problems like chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, and injury.   She is also trained in Critical Incidence Stress Debriefing/ Psychological First Aid and proud to have served veterans, military active duty, first responders in trauma treatment.  Christina is also a Certified Reiki Practitioner, Level II.  She has also served as a Licensed Foster Parent in both Florida and Pennsylvania.

Her office hours are Monday and Friday 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Thursday 10am to 7pm.

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Matthew McGahran, LCSW

Matthew began his career in child welfare, obtained his Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, and began providing psychotherapy and marital counseling for the Department of Defense, and then went on to provide leadership in various VA medical centers.  He has provided private psychotherapy as a side practice since 2005 and has training and certification in Domestic Violence, Batterer’s Intervention, Substance Abuse counseling, and Family and Divorce Mediation.  He is trained in cognitive behavioral and rational emotional therapies, motivational interviewing, spiritual/religious-based counseling, PREP marital, parenting, and 12-step facilitation.  He provides the marital and couples counseling for the practice as well as serving individuals with anxiety, depressive symptoms, substance use disorders, behavioral addictions, and anger management.  He has also served as a Licensed Foster Parent in both Florida and Pennsylvania.

His office hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5:45pm to 8:15pm as well as Saturdays from 9am to 1pm.  He also offers telehealth.