About me


Rich Gallagher,LMFT

I offer short term psychotherapy for a wide range of mental health and relationship issues. Here a few of my specialties:

-Anxiety disorders such as panic attacks, fears and phobias
-Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
-Stresses related to school or academic work
-Workplace issues
-Career, life path and self-esteem issues
-Couple and family issues
-Communications and social skills

I employ a very practical approach based around cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, and family systems. I also lead a twice-yearly group program called Anxiety Camp, described elsewhere on this website, for anxiety sufferers and their families. Here are some details about my practice:

• I am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in New York and Arizona, and am also credentialed as a Distance Certified Counselor.
• I accept Aetna, Fidelis, Tricare and Beacon/Value Options insurance as well as offering a generous sliding scale.
• I work collaboratively with other health care providers, and am happy to refer clients to other specialists as needed.
• I identify as a “relationship friendly” therapist, part of a movement in family therapy that focuses on preserving relationships where possible. A blog post discussing this approach in more detail is here.
• I offer convenient day, evening and weekend office hours in downtown Ithaca, as well as flexible online therapy sessions via video webconferencing (for self-pay New York and Arizona residents only). You can learn more about my “virtual therapy office” here.

Professionally, I have a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University, and am a clinical fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. I am also a graduate of the International OCD Foundation’s clinical certification, the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI). Locally I serve on the board of Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services as well as the program committee of the Ithaca Therapists Group, for whom I run its member listserv.

Finally, a little bit about my personal background: I am a former engineer and software executive, a serious writer whose books including two national bestsellers on communications skills (What to Say to a Porcupine and How to Tell Anyone Anything), and a public speaker who speaks all over the US about what to say in difficult workplace conversations. And to answer a common question from many new family therapy clients, I personally have been happily married for over 35 years.