Michael Libonati (he/him) is a clinical psychotherapist with experience treating depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, low self-esteem, and creative challenges. Michael has extensive experience working with individuals in the LGBTQIA+ population, adult only children, and NYC-based artists, performers, and creatives.
His approach is strengths-based, highly collaborative, anti-stigma, and integrates components of psychodynamic theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, transpersonal philosophy, and mindfulness.
Michael has studied and practiced with The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy’s gender and sexuality division (PCGS) and trained with Good Shepherd Services and Rainbow Heights Club, a Brooklyn-based advocacy program for LGBTQIA+ adults requiring mental health services. He also worked for several years as a crisis worker with The Trevor Project serving LGBTQIA+ youth nationwide. Michael received his MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
Michael is currently only offering virtual sessions. When in-person, his office is located in Upper West Side, Manhattan.
LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Artists' mental health - Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Codependency - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation.
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
Years of Experience: 1 year
Resilience Lab , Psychotherapist , 2021 - Present
Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, Psychotherapist, 2020 - Present
The Trevor Project , Lifeline Crisis Worker, 2017 - 2021
Hunter College, MSW, 2020
New York: 112155