Last edited 12/18/2021
Michelle Friedman LCSW
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How do you determine therapy goals with clients? What does that process look like?
I believe that the goal of therapy should be client driven and centered around the needs and experiences that each individual presents with. I take time in the initial sessions to really try to get to know my clients both from an acute perspective of what is going on in this moment that brings them to therapy, but also a holistic perspective in terms of how the concerns are impacting them on a physical, emotional, spiritual, and of course mental level. In our work together, I like to frequently check in and ask questions about how my client views their progress, what changes they have noticed, and the areas that still need attention. My role as a therapist is to provide the tools to enable you to feel more in control of your life and promote your overall wellness.
Are there any recurring themes or issues you’ve noticed as you treat people in your area of specialization, and how has this insight guided your approach?
For many people that I have worked with, the journey through pregnancy and postpartum looks different from what they expected. One theme is the difficulty adjusting to this new normal (whatever this means in their unique situation). Feelings of guilt, feeling like a bad mom or dad, changing body image, difficulty staying connected with a partner, and establishing a work/life balance are some other recurring themes I see in my work. After the birth of a baby, it is common to feel anxious, sad, confused, or even lost. My role is to provide resources and referrals, empower clients to establish a community of support, and educate around the challenges faced in maternal mental health.
In what ways does your personality influence your approach to therapy?
I have been told that my personality is warm and caring. My primary objective is to create a safe space for my clients where they can feel secure about opening up with what they are struggling with. I have always found laughter can help soothe during a difficult time and while I will not shy away from the depth of what my client is discussing, I tend to bring a lighthearted outlook when necessary.
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Pregnancy, perinatal, & postpartum issues
Transition to new parenthood
College & graduate student issues
Types of Therapy
Young Adults (18-24)
Treatment Approaches / Modalities
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strength Based Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Training / Certifications
Perinatal Mental Health Certification
Advanced Training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Postpartum Support International: Advanced Psychotherapy Training
Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training
Qualified Supervisor: Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI)
- New York, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 082040
- Florida, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 12231
- Rhode Island, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 03122
Master of Social Work, Stony Brook University
Bachelor of Social Work, Stony Brook University
In my career, I have helped people through all different life transitions from the journey through pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting; to adjusting to college life and planning for the future. Beyond maternal mental health, my career has been highlighted with clients who are struggling with navigating a new career, communicating effectively in relationships, learning how to manage new roles within a family, and practicing self care to strengthen their relationship with themselves. In practice, I focus on person-centered, supportive approaches that highlight personal strengths and needs. My training is in cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, solution focused, and mindfulness-based therapies with a background in trauma informed care.
Frequently Asked Questions About Michelle Friedman, LCSW
It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Michelle Friedman, LCSW, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.
Is Michelle Friedman accepting new clients?
Yes, Michelle Friedman is accepting new clients.
Does Michelle Friedman accept insurance?
No, Michelle Friedman does not accept insurance.
What types of therapy does Michelle Friedman offer?
Michelle Friedman offers therapy for individuals.
Does Michelle Friedman offer in-person appointments?
No, but people in New York, Florida and Rhode Island can book Michelle Friedman for virtual appointments (teletherapy).
Does Michelle Friedman offer online therapy?
Yes, Michelle Friedman offers online therapy to people in New York, Florida and Rhode Island.
How quickly can I see Michelle Friedman?
Michelle Friedman typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.
What languages does Michelle Friedman speak?
Michelle Friedman conducts therapy sessions in English.
Can I book an appointment with Michelle Friedman online?
Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Michelle Friedman online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.