Private Counseling Services

Michele Frank, LCSW

19 West 34th Street, Suite 1200, New York, NY 10001

(212) 352-0988 or (212) 947-7111, Ext. 255

The idea of making changes in one's life can be overwhelming, without support.  Talking with a qualified counselor to gain insight and perspective can make a huge difference in outlook. In private practice for seventeen years, I'm a licensed clinical social worker trained to help my clients find solutions for a range of challenges, including:

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Career Transition and Development
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Sexual Dysfunction/Addictions

THE COUNSELING PROCESS

Goals for your counseling are geared to your individual needs.  Depending upon these factors and session frequency, the process may take anywhere from two months to one year or more.  If you've never been in therapy before or would like to discuss how the counseling process may help, call for a free phone consultation.  Contact me at the numbers above or by e-mail at Helper50@gmail.com. In addition to your phone number, let me know some times I may reach you.

The first few counseling sessions typically involve gathering information about you in order to:

  • Assess your presenting problem(s) and history
  • Identify your support system
  • Clarify your treatment goals.

Together, we clarify your needs and key goals, then create and carry out a plan of action that is results-oriented.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

After our initial meeting, career counseling generally entails short-term work in sessions scheduled on an "as needed" basis. One key tool is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator* (MBTI), a personality questionnaire which measures psychological preferences, based on "type theory."  Employed in corporate team building as well as in career and couples counseling, it provides valuable insight into understanding how one makes decisions and perceives the world.  Following an introduction to the assumptions underlying type theory, clients may find completing this questionnaire and assessing their scores in detail useful for recognizing their own interests and values as they consider making a career change.

*As a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) counselor since '95, I've led career transition workshops at The New School, School of Visual Arts, 92nd Street YMHA, Marble Collegiate Church, and New York Open Center.

COUPLES COUNSELING

Learning how to resolve conflict is key to a healthy and satisfying relationship. Sometimes couples enter counseling when they are trying to determine whether to remain together or not. Couples counseling can help partners improve communication, resolve conflict, and deepen intimacy -- or decide to go their separate ways.

To jump-start the therapeutic process, I may assign cognitive-behavioral homework, or suggest conflict resolution exercises. To guide partners in appreciating how they differ in what they need from a relationship as they rebuild trust and understanding, I use a range of tools, such as the MBTI,  the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), and Imago Relationship Therapy. Goals for couples counseling treatment and session frequency are geared to the couple's individual needs.  

 
INSURANCE & FEES

Most insurance policies cover individual counseling.  I have affordable out-of-network fees and am a contracted in-network provider with the following companies: 

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Emblem
  • GHI
  • Magellan
  • MHN
  • Multiplan
  • Oxford
  • United
  • ValueOptions
Note: Treatment for couples and career counseling, usually not covered by insurance, is an out-of-pocket expense.  For coverage of these services, other options may be available to you if you work for a company that offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Before scheduling an appointment, call your insurance company to verify your outpatient mental health benefits for seeing an in-nework mental health provider. Confirm whether you have an in-network deductible and the amount of your co-pay for seeing an out-patient therapist. You will be responsible for supplying this information to me via e-mail or phone prior to scheduling.  

OFFICE LOCATION

My office, on 34th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, is convenient to public transportation.  Directly upstairs from the  B, D, F, N, R, M and Q, it's a block from the 34th Street stop on the Seventh Avenue line (#1, 2, 3, and 9), two blocks from the 33rd and Park Avenue stop on the Lexington Avenue line (#6), and a five-minute walk from Penn Station and the PATH station at 34th Street.

MY BACKGROUND

A part-time professor at the New School since 1992, teaching Introduction To Social Work and Understanding & Treating Victims of Abuse, I have also taught at Rutgers University Center for Children & Families, Empire State College, and the Alcoholism Council of New York.  For a number of intervention and advocacy organizations, I've trained staff how to address issues related to recovery from child sexual abuse and domestic violence.  The professional organizations to which I belong include:  the National Association of Social Workers, the New York Society of Clinical Social Work, Downtown Television (DCTV)  and ACT-UAW Local 7902.