Michael  Libonati

Michael Libonati

Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW Practice: Resilience Lab
New York Waitlist Online
Manhattan Not Accepting In-person
Updated September 6, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics
  • Artists' mental health
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Codependency

Professional statement

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.


Message to clients

My goal is to maintain a space where every part of you feels warmly invited to participate in the process of healing and self-understanding. Whether you are seeking help for anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, low self-esteem, professional hurdles, or creative blocks, I believe a key ingredient to long-term change is the chance to be experienced fully without the familiar fear of judgment. This means I welcome, with compassion and gentle curiosity, the aspects of you that feel buried, objectionable, or even unacceptable, perhaps due to social stigma or fear of being rejected. While I work with a range of clients, I have extensive experience working with the LGBTQIA+ population, people working in the arts, and adult only children.


Specialties

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.




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • United Healthcare
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $90 - $150

Additional session information

Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly

Location(s)

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 7am-8pm
  • Tue 7am-4pm
  • Wed 7am-6pm
  • Thu 7am-6pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Manhattan practice
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

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


Licensure

New York: 112155


Languages

English