Mike Swinchoski, LMHC

Mike Swinchoski

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

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Clientele

Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Parents
Seniors (65+)

Hours

Mon: Closed
Tue: Closed
Wed: 4:00pm-8:00pm
Thu: Closed
Fri: Closed
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Substance use
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Mike Swinchoski is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Belmont, MA specializing in anxiety, anger management, depression, trauma, substance use, and compulsive behaviors. His particular area of expertise is in helping clients recover from trauma. He draws upon extensive experience from working in community mental health to help people feel safe, normalize their experiences, help them recognize their inner strength, and gently guide them towards healing. He also enjoys supporting clients seeking help for anger management. 

Mike pulls from a variety of treatment approaches to flexibly need the needs of each client. For clients healing from trauma, he takes a trauma-informed approach influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills. He is also trained in EMDR.  For clients dealing with substance use, he uses motivational interviewing with harm reduction. 

Mike works with young adults, college students, adults, parents, and seniors. He is passionate about creating a nonjudgmental space for clients to talk freely about and process their thoughts and feelings.


Specialties

Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Self-esteem – Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Life transitions –  Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care

General expertise

ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Compulsive behaviors – Including gambling and sex addiction
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)


Insurances

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Boston College Student Insurance
  • Harvard Student Insurance
  • Lesley University Student Insurance
  • MIT Student/Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan
  • Northeastern University Student Insurance

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial session: $150 (50min)
  • Ongoing sessions: $125/session (50min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 


Message to clients

"Congratulations on taking the first step to helping yourself feel better! Therapy, at times be intellectually and emotionally challenging. It is also enlightening, life changing and fulfilling. I can help you learn how to take back your power, and gain key skills to achieve your goals. I strive to create a client centered, relaxed, warm, nonjudgemental, and supportive environment in our work together. My clients have told me I have an engaging style in which they feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and feelings. Thank you for taking the time to consider me for your therapist, and be well."


Treatment approaches

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)EMDR is a form of trauma treatment that helps process distressing memories and restore the brain's natural healing abilities, reducing the memories' lasting effects and allowing the person to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. (learn more)
Humanistic TherapyHumanistic Therapy focuses on each person's individual nature, accentuating his or her positive traits and ability to find growth, healing, and fulfilling within themselves. (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)
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, 2016 - Present
North Suffolk Mental Health Association, 2006 - Present
Outpatient Therapist, 2008 - Present
Anger Management Groups, Facilitator, 2006 - Present
Conexions Day Program, 2009 - 2013
Hawthorne Day Program, 2007 - 2008
Meridian House, Intern, 2006 - 2007

Cambridge College, MEd in Education in Mental Health Counseling with a Concentration in Addiction Disorders, 2007
University of Missouri, BA in Psychology, 1980


Languages

English