My Approach to Helping
Dr. Vaughan offers couples\' and individual therapy to adults and specializes in relational concerns, anxiety and depressive disorders, and problems pertaining to self-image.
Her theoretical approach is an eclectic one, deriving from several psychoanalytic schools of thought as well as cognitive-behavioral theory. The psychoanalytic component of Dr. Vaughan\'s work helps clients become aware of previously unconscious aspects of themselves, including problematic ones, like ineffective decision-making and interpersonal patterns. Cognitive work assists clients in finding adaptive ways of perceiving themselves, others, and circumstances. Behavioral interventions involve the teaching of skills needed for effective coping, communication, self-care, and symptom relief.
As outdated behaviors and perceptions are identified and modified, clients report increased well-being and self-efficacy. Free from the internal constraints that formerly hindered them, clients ultimately find themselves living fully and authentically.
More Info About My Practice
Maggie C. Vaughan, MFT, PhD, founder and director of Happy Apple NYC, works with individuals, couples, and families, specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and relationships. She and her associates often treat other common issues such as life transitions, family struggles, grief, low self-esteem, trauma, and stress.
Dr. Vaughan’s approach is non-judgmental and empathic, though at times challenging. Her interventions draw from several theories including attachment, existential, interpersonal and, cognitive-behavioral. Therapy aims to provide immediate relief as well as long-term adjustment and self-actualization. Clients who are focused on personal growth develop insight, coping mechanisms, new perspectives, and ways of interacting that generate positive change and a sense of well-being.
Licensed in California, New Jersey, and New York, Dr. Vaughan is a graduate of Duke University, the California Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology and the University of Southern California. Several media outlets such as The Learning Channel and BBC Radio have featured her work. She has been named “Best Marriage Counselor” by The Manhattan Award Program, “Best in Counseling and Mental Health” by the Best Businesses of Manhattan Award Program, and awarded the “Counseling and Mental Health Excellence” Honor by The Manhattan Small Business Excellence Awards program.