Therapist of the Month

July 2019

Devon MacDermott, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist

Devon MacDermott, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist

303 5th Avenue, Suite 1005

New York, NY 020461


Tell us about your practice.

I started 4 years ago and recently hired my first associate! I specialize in trauma and OCD. I am certified by the International OCD Foundation through their Behavioral Therapy Training Institute and am also certified as a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy practitioner. Sensorimotor has trained me to address both “capital T” trauma like car accidents, assaults, etc. and attachment trauma.

What made you decide to open your own business?

My husband saw how unhappy I was at my agency job and pushed me to work for myself. I was hesitant because of all the risk that can be involved but it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

What has been the most challenging aspect of building your business?

The doubt.

Even though it’s been 4 years and, by most measures, I am successful, I still, at times, struggle with doubt about whether or not I am going to succeed. I wonder if I am “good enough” or if I will eventually be labeled “a failure.” I’ve worked really hard to get a handle on that doubt and I think, for the most part, I have, but when I first started, it was crippling.

What has been the most rewarding part of building your business?

My clients are amazing. I love, love, love this work. I am so grateful that I get to do work that is as fun, meaningful, and challenging as this. I say all the time that I have the best job in the world. I also love having the autonomy and freedom that comes with being self-employed.

How has Private Practice Studio helped you in achieving your business goals?

Networking has been one of my keys to success. Private Practice Studio has not only helped build my confidence but also given me a team of people who are encouraging and trusting of each other’s work. This has been essential for getting my practice where it is now. I never would have hired an associate or taken several of the risks I’ve taken if I hadn’t seen people in the group do it first and then offer me encouragement.

Anything else you would like us to know?

Particularly for those who are just starting out, keep going. This is a difficult and sometimes terrifying choice that we make to work for ourselves, but you can do it and it’s so worth it! Reach out to group members (including me) if you are feeling stuck and want guidance.

 Devon Macdermott, Ph.D. is the owner of a group psychotherapy practice with specializations in trauma and OCD.