Richard D. McAnulty, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist Charlotte, NC

About My Practice

My Practice


I am a clinical psychologist with over 27 years of experience as a therapist. My approach to therapy is to try to understand my clients and their world views so I can help them reach their goals. I strive to help clients identify and overcome the obstacles they struggle with. Therapy is a personal journey that requires courage, motivation, and purpose. My goal is to help clients who are ready and willing to undertake this journey into self-discovery.

My Professional Services


  • Individual psychotherapy (short-term or long-term)
  • Couples therapy
  • Psychological evaluations
  • Forensic Evaluations (including risk assessment)
  • Professional consultations

My Promise


I assure all clients that I will be fully committed to their recovery, personal growth, and self-awareness. I am experienced in working with a range of problems, including inner turmoil, recurring interpersonal problems, problems with intimacy, inner conflicts, anxiety and emotional distress. I enjoy the challenges of helping clients face the fears and hurdles that prevent them from achieving their goals in life. I am also experienced in conducting psychological evaluations for various purposes.


About Dr. McAnulty

About Me

Dr. Richard D. McAnulty earned his doctoral degree from the University of Georgia in 1990. He has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Louisiana-Monroe (1982). He resides in Charlotte with his wife and children. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology at UNC-Charlotte, where he has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses since 1990.

Mission statements – He subscribes to the best ethical and professional practice guidelines of the American Psychological Association. He keeps up with the latest research evidence on effective therapies.

Licensure – Dr. McAnulty is licensed to practice clinical psychology in North Carolina. His license number is 1766. License status and verification is available at NC Psychology Board

He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Society for Behavioral Medicine.

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Not only is psychotherapy widely practiced, it is effective: Those who receive psychotherapy achieve much better outcomes than they would have had they not received psychotherapy.  Effective psychotherapists have good social skills, form a strong therapeutic alliance with clients, instill hope and optimism, are empathic and caring, and non-judgmental. They are self-aware, appreciate diversity, and are continually working on self-improvement.

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Depression & Anxiety


Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most universal painful emotions. We have all had some experience with these feelings. Therapy is proven to help people learn to manage these difficult emotions.

Trauma & PTSD


Traumatic events can be life changing, for better or worse. Several therapeutic techniques have proven useful in helping people negotiate the painful memories that follow traumatic experiences. Trauma need not be life-changing in a negative way; trauma survivors can discover not only how to survive trauma, but how to grow from tragic experiences.



Relationships provide the flavor in our lives. They are both the most meaningful experiences that we can have, but they can also be difficult and complicated. All relationships require adjustments at times. Communication problems and hurt feelings are among the most common relationship difficulties. Couples therapy involves communication training, problem-solving, and training in negotiation skills, among other skills.

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My Services

I provide the following services:

1. Individual Psychotherapy

2. Couples Counseling

3. Psychological Evaluations

4. Forensic Evaluations

5. Online therapy or telepsychotherapy (via Skype or FaceTime)

Forms and Paperwork

  1. Intake Forms 
  2. Consent for the Release of Confidential Information
  3. Consent for a Psychological Evaluation
  4. HIPAA
  5. Office Policies
  6. Office Policies Signature Page

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My Publications

I have published several books on  relationships and human sexuality. My published research focuses mostly on intimacy, sexuality, and related problems.

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  1. How will I know if Dr. McAnulty is the right therapist for me? The right client-therapist fit is the key to effective therapy. Our first meeting will be devoted the making sure that we connect and understand each other.
  2. Is everything confidential? Everything you share with me is confidential. I will not share any information about you without your written consent.
  3. What are the limits of confidentiality? Dr. McAnulty may have to disclose confidential information if  (1) there is a reasonable suspicion of child abuse or elder adult abuse; (2) there is a reasonable suspicion that you may present a danger of violence to others; and/or (3) there is a reasonable suspicion that you are likely to harm yourself. 
  4. Will my health insurance pay for therapy? Most insurance plans have coverage for behavioral health. Dr. McAnulty is only in network with BCBS. He is out-of-network with other insurance plans. Please check with your insurance carrier about your benefits.
  5. How long doe therapy usually take? The length of therapy is variable, but significant progress can be made in 12 sessions in most cases.
  6. How will I know when to end therapy? Termination is best done as a joint agreement.
  7. What is my spouse or partner does not want to participate? Forcing or pressuring someone into therapy is usually ineffective. Fortunately, you can still do some personal work in therapy on your own.

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I am ready to help you

Please contact me with questions. Email is the best way to reach me.

Richard D. McAnulty, Ph.D.

6135 Park South Drive, Suite 510, Charlotte, NC 28210

(704) 687-1320 ext. 5


Weekdays 9:00am-4:00pm

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