Joyce McFadden

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, NCPsyA, LCSW

Contact Info



  • Clinical Social Work/Therapist
    New York

Joyce McFadden is a psychoanalyst with a general practice treating issues related to depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationships, work, and fertility/reproductive matters.  She is also the author of  Modern Mothering: What Daughters Say They Need from Their Mothers Regarding Sexual Development and Its Impact on Their Self Worth. Based on her study of 450 women, in which women could talk about whatever was important to them, it was the women of her study who determined the book’s topic: how girls learn about sexuality from their mothers.  Currently being taught in university women’s studies and psychology programs, Modern Mothering is considered “an empowering resource for mothers and daughters everywhere" by Publishers Weekly, and "a fascinating and empowering text for women of all ages" by Kirkus Review. In addition to continuing to collect stories from women, she has also gone on to hear the experiences of hundreds of girls. In 2014 she spoke at the United Nations as the U.S. expert on girls’ sexual development and its relation to their overall confidence, participating with co-panelists from WHO, UNESCO, UNICEF and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. McFadden has an MSW from Columbia University and postgraduate training in psychoanalysis, is a faculty member, training analyst and clinical supervisor at the Training and Research Institute for Self Psychology, and consultant at The Spence School in Manhattan. Her research has appeared on NPR, and in The New York Times, The Washington Post, O The Oprah Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Detroit Free Press,, and For more information visit



  • Infertility
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Relationship Issues

Treatment Orientation

  • Psychoanalytic
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational

Age Groups

  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 21)
  • Adults
  • Young Adults (20's & 30's)