“These days - especially in New York City - therapy is a basic part of most people’s personal regimens.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
Through my life I’ve taken care to nurture my dual strengths: empathizing with others, and observing meaningful patterns in any context. I studied Writing and Psychology during my undergraduate years, and after that earned two advanced Writing and Psychology degrees in succession from Columbia University. Everybody has a story, and every story matters - it really is a passion and a privilege to get to help clients make sense of their own stories.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
I integrate many different approaches, including: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Relational Therapy, and, most of all, Psychodynamic principles. I customize treatment based on the client’s needs, and I strive to be transparent about my end of the process; why I’m asking what I’m asking, patterns I’m observing, etc.
Also, the therapeutic relationship is often a rich source of data in understanding how you relate to others outside of the office. We’ll use our dynamic to learn more about your emotional needs and social styles. All of this information helps us figure out how to proactively implement change.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
I respect and encourage holistic approaches to client care. I’m interested in integrating insight from a client’s psychiatrists, nutritionists - even herbalists - into our work together.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
Fortunately we’re beginning to move past social stigma - the next big barrier to care is the basic logistics of locating competent providers who are centrally located, or with availability. There are many therapist directories online, but they’re often disorganized or out of date. It’s also sometimes difficult to be clear on whose training would be relevant for your needs. That’s why I appreciate Alma’s current, transparent, and streamlined system.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
These days - especially in New York City - therapy is a basic part of most people’s personal regimens. The cool thing about therapy is that it’s client-curated. Once you’ve found your ‘right-fit’ therapist, you can state your goals and design a plan together. The journey can be intellectually satisfying, spiritually-quenching, or emotion-releasing. Or all of the above. Ideally all of the above, in my opinion.
“Through my life I’ve taken care to nurture my dual strengths: empathizing with others, and observing meaningful patterns in any context.”
Michele practices at Alma