Michele  Hochberg
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Michele Hochberg

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Practice: Skypiatrist
New York Accepting Online
Updated December 3, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Attachment issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Michele grew up in Ohio, attended Tulane University in New Orleans, and completed a bachelor’s degree in English at The College of New Rochelle. She later earned her master’s in Counseling Psychology at Antioch University, becoming a licensed mental health counselor in 2012.

An integrative therapist, Michelle describes her practice as: “A highly personalized, evidenced-based approach that combines carefully chosen complimentary theoretical interventions. This may look like traditional talk therapy, concrete skill building, or discovering the interconnectivity of thought, emotions, and behavior. Any and all success is contingent on a trusting, accepting relationship between client and therapist.”

Her areas of expertise include relationship issues, family conflict, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and trauma. “My therapeutic style is compassionate and curious, with a healthy dose of humor!” She continues, “Whether you want to untangle the past, feel overwhelmed by the present, or worried about the future, I strive to provide a safe place to support your needs.”

Initially a doubter, Michele now sees significant value in teletherapy. “Obviously, it’s convenient, but also there’s a discernible shift in the dynamic when you are meeting online as opposed to having clients come to your office and communicate in your space. Most appear more comfortable speaking from their own environments while I get interesting glimpses into their lives real time.”

A mother of three adult children, Michele recently relocated from Vermont to Rhinebeck, New York to be closer to her daughter Claire who lives in NYC.


Message to clients

"We're all just walking each other home." - Ram Dass

The above quote, with its poignant metaphor, resonates with me when I think about the therapeutic relationship. At different times in all of our lives 'home' can seem dim, distant, or even inaccessible. A good therapist has the tools and training; the client has the story and motivation. Working together, the path home is illuminated.

While evidence-based, my therapeutic approach is also very creative. Encouraging and eliciting a client's stories, while actively listening, is the heart of what I do. There is a bit of mystery and wonder about the process. People are endlessly fascinating. I like being surprised and challenged by what they choose to share and am ever mindful and appreciative of their trust.


Specialties

Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.

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 of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Cigna
  • Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna)
  • FIT Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO)
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
  • Optum
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $215 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $150 - $215
  • Initial session: $215 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $215 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • As needed
Therapist's note

Out-of-network fee: $90


Location(s)

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00pm-8pm
  • Tue 10:00am-8pm
  • Wed 8am-12pm 6pm-7pm
  • Thu 8:00am-12:00pm 7pm-8pm
  • Fri 8:00am-11:00am 5pm-7pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 14 years

BetterHelp, Teletherapist, 2020 - 2021
Healthcare & Rehabilitation Services, Psychotherapist, 2007 - 2020

Antioch University of New England, MA, 2007


Licensure

New York: 005360-01


Languages

English