Dr. Cheryl McCarthy

Psychologist, PhD

(610) 816-6254


Direct Approach Psychological Services
848 Parkridge Drive
MediaPennsylvania 19063
(610) 816-6254
I'm a psychologist with 25 years of experience. I use a "direct approach" with patients and thus the name of my practice came to be. I work with patients to improve their self esteem, which is at the core of many symptoms. I also believe in different treatment approaches for different patients. So, one person may receive relaxation training, another CBT, another might build a behavioral hierarchy, while someone else may benefit from learning some DBT skills. Everyone is unique and so everyone is treated in a unique manner.
My strength is my ability to connect with patients so well that I can tell them things about themselves that no one has ever had the nerve to tell them before. They may be upset momentarily, but overall, my patients see changes rather quickly.
Although I take therapy very seriously and there are many tears shed in my office, there is also a lot of laughter. I live and believe that humor and optimism (not denial) are wonderful defense mechanisms, and I teach my patients these skills as well.


  • Relationship Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder


  • Anger Management
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Depression
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Grief
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Self Esteem
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Women's Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Family Conflict
  • Infidelity
  • Parenting
  • Self-Harming
  • Trauma and PTSD

Mental Health:

  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Psychosis

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation:

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Family / Marital
  • Gottman Method


  • Individuals
  • Couples

Client Focus


  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults


  • Cancer


  • Avg Cost (per session): $90 - $120
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Mastercard, Paypal, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans:

  • Aetna
  • BC/BS (all states)
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Highmark
  • Anthem
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Empire BlueCross
  • Out of Network

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Last Modified: 24 Apr 2015