Born and raised on the New Jersey shore, Declan moved to New York 12 years ago and has lived here since. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. He’s currently a second year Master’s of Social Work student at New York University. He and his wife now live in Brooklyn with their semi-well-behaved rescue dog, Sadie, and are expecting a baby girl before the end of 2022.
After 10 years working in the book publishing and music industries, Declan decided to change careers and become a therapist during the COVID pandemic. He has worked at the NYLAG Health Unit assisting undocumented immigrants and survivors of domestic abuse. He has volunteered 200+ hours at the Samaritans NYC crisis hotline, counseling individuals in crisis or with suicidal thoughts. Declan has special training in working with clients experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-centric therapies, Declan recognizes that each client is an individual. In his practice, he strives to approach each client with empathy and a commitment towards personalized growth. He hopes to provide an open and understanding environment for exploration. Declan’s clinical interests focus on anxiety/panic disorders, depression, grief, loss, and relationship issues.
In his personal life, Declan enjoys furniture-making (although he isn’t very good at it yet), reading, and cooking. He is always on the look-out for a good book recommendation. For self-care, Declan enjoys reading, especially history, sci-fi, and non-fiction. Over the last four years, he has taught himself to cook, working his way through a number of cook books. Declan also enjoys bringing his dog to the park every morning while listening to a podcast or audiobook.
Declan loves New York – in particular, he appreciates the ability to easily live without a car, and that he can quickly take the F train directly to the beach at Coney Island. He also appreciates the theater, especially the free Shakespeare in the Park performances each summer.
Declan spent most of 2021 volunteering 200+ hours with the New York Samaritans, the city’s only 24-hour anonymous crisis hotline. In the past, he’s volunteered with a Brooklyn, based Community Farm, a youth-centered urban-farming and food justice program. He also occasionally volunteers for political campaigns when inspired.