Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Michelle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Midtown South, Manhattan. She specializes in helping clients understand and manage anxiety and depression. Michelle supports clients navigating challenges around careers, relationships and self-esteem. She provides coaching to help them address professional and workplace issues. With her experience in the corporate and educational worlds, she understands the pressures people face when balancing personal and work goals.
Michelle takes a collaborative and interactive approach to help clients recognize thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are leading to personal challenges. With this insight, Michelle helps clients create strategies to navigate life more effectively and to find more meaning and contentment.
Michelle believes it is important to support her clients as they translate insight into action. She offers sessions in both English and Spanish at her practice, a short walk from Grand Central Station.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Career counseling – Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self-esteem – Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion
Identity development – Including within the unique context of one's race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, and cultural background; resolving trauma and internalized oppression related to stigma
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Chronic illness – Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Michelle is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing session: $250/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $200 - $250 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Michelle can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“In my practice I take a collaborative approach to help you identify patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are creating personal challenges. It can be confusing when we find ourselves in situations that seem to make little sense or are preventing us from feeling content. Often these are automatic responses that feel familiar but no longer work for us. We will work together to gain insights and develop concrete strategies, leading to new possibilities for a more purposeful and fulfilled life.”
Treatment approachesCoachingThe coaching process addresses specific personal projects, business successes, general conditions and transitions in the client's personal life, relationships or profession by examining what is going on right now, discovering what your obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make your life be what you want it to be. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more) Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2014 - Present
West Side Montessori School, Director of Admissions and Parent Relations
J Walter Thompson Company, Senior Vice President Management Director
Training Institute for Mental Health, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Advanced Training
New York University, MSW
Universidad de Las Americas, Mexico, BA