About: Michael Levy, PhD (He/Him/His)
Approach to helping
I strike a balance between unconditional acceptance of who you are and challenging you to reflect on what patterns, beliefs, values, or relationships may no longer be serving you well. With a warm style and an encouraging sense of humor, I provide an integrative and evidence-informed approach to psychotherapy tailored to your specific concerns. For some, this might mean 3-6 months of structured weekly therapy that incorporates aspects of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness practices, with homework assignments to complete between sessions. For others, longer-term, less-structured work might be best, using a psychodynamic focus on early relationship patterns and life events. This approach to therapy is intended to yield a rich, meaningful understanding of what’s going on in your life now.
The goal of our work will be to help you develop more adaptive beliefs, behaviors, and relationships that lead to positive growth and change. We’ll collaborate to identify roadblocks that are keeping you stuck, and I’ll provide insight and support around what significant relationship, family, systemic (e.g., cultural), or professional dynamics may be causing you distress. No matter our focus, we’ll make sure to develop an individualized treatment plan that honors your specific treatment goals.
Experience and focus
As a licensed clinical psychologist, I specialize in treating adults who have experienced trauma, as well as individuals who are seeking to address problems related to anxiety, depression, substance use, or are adjusting to health-related diagnoses (such as cancer or other lifelong medical concerns). I also work with adults who are navigating life transitions relating to relationships or careers, as well as young people adjusting to college life. Acceptance of identity around race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, size, and ability status can also signify a major life transition. We’ll work together to first understand the significance of these life changes and then ensure that you are able to successfully adjust to these new conditions in a way that aligns with your values.
I earned a PhD in Counseling Psychology from New York University and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University in Clinical Psychology. My postdoctoral fellowship in PTSD was completed at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, with a special focus on survivors of sexual trauma and combat. I also completed my APA-accredited internship at the St. Louis VA Healthcare System, treating individuals with PTSD, anxiety, depression, and cancer. My background includes positions in college counseling centers, military family clinics, psycho-oncology clinics, inpatient units, and emergency rooms.
I draw from a wide variety of therapeutic approaches. I am a certified provider of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and have received training in Prolonged Exposure (PE), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). I complement these approaches with mindfulness skills and personalized interventions.
More about my story
It can be helpful and humanizing to learn more about your provider outside the therapy room. I am an avid fan of physical activity, particularly anything tennis-related. I have run the New York City Marathon, and breaking some sort of sweat every day is an important part of my life and wellness. I also love to travel and try to take at least one “big trip” each year. For me and my husband, that might mean traveling to a new National Park (Glacier is next on our list), exploring a new country, or simply finding a weekend getaway to reconnect with nature and get out of the city. I am also particularly fond of all animals.
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