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Deepa Bhatt-Mackin

In psychology, “goodness of fit" is used to describe how personalities and behaviors match in parent-child relationships. Experiencing a good fit with our parents can smooth out the bumps in our childhood journey. Experiencing a poor fit can make the journey harder. Similarly, things can get difficult when there’s a mismatch between what is expected by the world around us and what we have to offer. This is especially true if we have aspects of ourselves that aren’t reflected in mainstream culture, such as neurodivergence, multicultural identities, and LGBTQIA+ identities. Our strengths can become less visible, even to ourselves, and we can become stressed and distressed as we try to change ourselves and force a sense of belonging within this poor environmental fit.

Therapy that uncovers and examines this poor fit can help heal a sense of self that has been battered by years of self-blame. It can help us know our strengths and our needs better, and support us in advocating for a change in our environment. When change can’t or doesn’t happen, therapy can help us choose how, or whether, to adapt to the situation. Therapy can reinforce that even when things get hard, and we have to adjust, we can get through by staying connected to who we are.

"Goodness of fit" is also what many of us look for when trying to find a therapist. We know the work will be challenging, but we hope finding a therapist who “gets” us will make it bearable. I am a therapist who shares my perspective and expertise, offers radical acceptance, and uses humor to help relieve stress. I seem to be a good fit for those who are comfortable with candor, challenge, and laughing with others.

deepa's philosophy

Internal Family Systems, Psychodynamic, Family Systems, Compassion-Focused, Humanistic, Person-Centered, Relational, Strengths-Based, ACT, CBT

Common Modalities

adhd/neurodivergence, relationship issues, and bicultural identity


17 to 55 years old

Patient Demographics

As a licensed clinical mental health counselor, I offer telehealth sessions for older adolescents, adults, and families. People come to work with me on a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, neurodivergence (Giftedness/LD/ADHD/2e), relationship problems, and identity development. I strive to provide care that affirms and centers the needs and experiences of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and bicultural folx. 

My extensive training includes a variety of treatment approaches, including psychodynamic, attachment-based, Internal Family Systems, cognitive behavioral, and solution-focused therapies. I also provide ADHD and Executive Functioning skills coaching. 

I tailor my approach to specific, individual needs after sharing the observations I’ve made from careful and compassionate listening. By the end of our work together, I hope you feel reconnected to your strengths, your sense of purpose, and your sense of fun!

about deepa bhatt-mackin

MA in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL
BA in Psychology from Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA


professional experiences

2021-present: Psychotherapist, Catalyst Therapeutic Services, LLC
2015-2021: Upper School Counselor, Carolina Friends School 
2015-2018: Upper School Counselor and Learning Specialist, Carolina Friends School 
2014-2015: Acting Director, Family Preschool
2008: Adjunct Faculty, Peace College
2006-2008: Psychotherapist, Private Practice
2004-2007: Therapist, Triangle Family Services

professional memberships

Licensed Clinical Counselors of North Carolina