Michelle Castellanos

Michelle Castellanos, MSW, LMSW

Position: Psychotherapist
Phone: 929-280-2428
Areas of Work: *Out of Network*, Adjustment Disorder, Adolescent / Teen Issues, Adult Psychotherapy, Adults (25-64), Aetna, Alcohol Use, Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Attachment Disorder, Attachment Theory, Behavioral Therapy, Bereavement / Grief Counseling, BIPOC Mental Health Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Bisexual, Body Image, Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior (BFRB), Bullying, Burnout, Career-Related Stress, Caregiver Burnout, Caregiving Challenges, Child, Childhood Trauma, Children (<13), Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Cigna, Co-Occuring Disorders, Codependency, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) , Compassion Fatigue, Compassion Focused, Complex Trauma, Confidence Issues, COVID-19 Stress, Cultural Competence, Cultural Diversity Issues, Culturally Sensitive, Depression, Early Childhood Trauma, Emotional Abuse, English, Family, Family Conflicts / Issues, Family Therapy, Family Therapy, Female Identifying, Gaslighting, Gay, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Grief and Loss, Grief Support, Group Therapy, Group Therapy, Health-Related Concerns, Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Individual Therapy, Intergenerational Trauma, Internet Addiction, Interpersonal, Intimate Partner Violence, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Trauma, Lesbian, Level 2 Clinician, LGBT Care, LGBTQIA+, Life Transitions, Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Marital, Medical Trauma, Mental Health Consultation, Mental Health Problem / Illness, Mentalization Based Treatment, Mentalization Based Treatment for Adolecents (MBT-A), Mentalization Based Treatment for Children (MBT-C), Money-Related Stress, Mood Disorder/Mood Swings, Non-suicidal Self-Injury, Nonreligious, Panic Disorder, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Perfectionism, Performance Anxiety, Perinatal Mental Health, Person Centered (Rogerian), Physical Abuse Trauma, Play Therapy, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Counseling, Postpartum, Postpartum Anxiety, Postpartum Depression, Pre-College Fears, Pregnancy, Pregnancy-Related Stress, Premarital / Marital, Prenatal, Procrastination, Psychodynamic Therapy, Psychological Trauma, Queer, Queer, Queer-Competent, Questioning, Race-Related Stress, Racial Justice Framework, Racism Issues, Refugee Trauma, Relational, Relational Therapy, Relationship Struggles / Issues, Rumination, School Phobia, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self Esteem, Self-Harm / Injury, Separation Anxiety, Sex Worker Positive, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Fear, Sexual Identity, Sexuality, Social Anxiety, Social Anxiety Disorder, Social Justice, Social Life, Spanish, Strength-Based, Strength-Based Therapy, Stress, Stress Management, Suicidal Feelings, Suicidal Ideation, Suicidal Tendencies, Teenagers/Adolescents (13-17), Trans-Competant, Trauma / Trauma Focused, Trauma Therapy, Trichotillomania/Body-Focused Repetitive Disease, Vulnerability, Women's Health, Women's Issues / Obstacles, Women's Issues Therapy, Worry, Young Adults (18-24)
Location: New York, No-Mad, Tele-Health/Virtual

Michelle (she/her) is a New York City based psychotherapist and licensed social worker whose focus is building trusting relationships with her clients. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY before she headed off to study Psychology and Spanish at Swarthmore College. She returned to New York where she graduated with a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University in 2019. Michelle can conduct sessions in English and Spanish. She is passionate about providing quality care to people of all backgrounds. She has gained a wide array of experience working with many diverse types of clients working in agencies, nonprofits, hospitals, and community mental health.  

Michelle is enthusiastic about creating strong therapeutic relationships with clients. She knows that the relationship between client and provider is one of the building blocks to achieve a client’s goals and that the vulnerability developed during the session is a sacred thing. She partners with her clients to strive for meaningful change. She has worked with different types of people, including children, teens, birthing people, domestic violence survivors, immigrants and refugees, families, and more. She is particularly focused on the impact of trauma on a person’s life and how the process of healing can create new opportunities for someone. With her social work background Michelle is aware of the effect systems have on a person and a group and uses a social justice approach to help clients reach their goals. She aims to empower her clients to gain self-awareness and to develop effective coping strategies. 

An enthusiastic reader, Michelle is always happy to get book recommendations of all genres. She is also a happy pet mom to her cat Chicharron. In her free time Michelle also enjoys baking cakes and pastries, crocheting blankets and sweaters, and watching TV with her husband and her cat on her lap.  

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