My Approach to Helping
Dr. Vaughan and associates offer couples, family and individual therapy to adults, teens, and children and specialize in relational concerns, anxiety and depressive disorders, and problems pertaining to self-image.
Their theoretical approach is an eclectic one, deriving from several psychoanalytic schools of thought as well as cognitive-behavioral theory. The psychoanalytic component 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As outdated behaviors and perceptions are identified and modified, clients report increased well-being and self-efficacy.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.
Their approach is non-judgmental and empathic, though at times challenging. Interventions draw from several theories including attachment, existential, interpersonal, DBT, 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.
Dr. Vaughan & Associates hold licenses in California, New Jersey, Delaware. and New York. Several media outlets such as The Learning Channel, BBC TV & Radio, & The Huffington Post have featured their work. Awards they have won include “Best Marriage Counselor” by The Manhattan Award Program, “Best in Counseling and Mental Health” by the Best Businesses of Manhattan Award Program, and the “Counseling and Mental Health Excellence” Honor by The Manhattan Small Business Excellence Awards program.