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Michael Benibgui Psychotherapy, PhD

Dr. Michael Benibgui is a clinical psychologist with 18 years of experience in direct client care and direction of evidence-based community mental health programs. He specializes in working with people suffering from mood disorders, addictions, stress, sex and relationship difficulties, and eating disorders. He embraces ethnic, cultural and racial, and gender and sexual diversity.

Dr. Michael Benibgui is a clinical psychologist with 18 years of experience in direct client care and direction of evidence-based community mental health programs. He specializes in working with people suffering from mood disorders, addictions, stre…

Dr. Michael Benibgui is a clinical psychologist with 18 years of experience in direct client care and direction of evidence-based community mental health programs. He specializes in working with people suffering from mood disorders, addictions, stress, sex and relationship difficulties, and eating disorders. He embraces ethnic, cultural and racial, and gender and sexual diversity.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Eating Disorders and Body Image
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Addiction and Substance Misuse
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • UHC Student Resources
  • AllSavers UHC
  • Harvard Pilgrim
Pay with a program
  • Optum Live & Work Well (EAP)
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $200-260
Locations
  • Offers virtual sessions
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I strive to create a comfortable and supportive atmosphere where difficult issues can be addressed.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path toward becoming a psychologist began with a profound curiosity into the mechanisms and functions of the brain. I completed a degree in neuroscience, examining the biological bases of behavior. This prepared me for a doctoral degree in psychology within the scientist-practitioner model. I engaged in and published scientific research alongside training in psychotherapy. As such, I integrate techniques that have been scientifically proven to work, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy and motivational enhancement, and mindfulness to help clients achieve maximum relief from symptoms and increase their sense of wellbeing. I've worked in emergency, hospital, community, and private settings both in Montreal and in New York City, and have learned to tailor my approach to the particular needs of various cultural groups.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our process begins with a comprehensive bio-psycho-social evaluation followed by setting goals and establishing an individualized treatment plan. I understand that sometimes people may have mixed feelings about engaging in psychotherapy. My role is to be attuned to possible feelings of ambivalence and to help increase motivation so that a person can begin to feel committed to working on themselves. This is a continuous process that builds a strong therapeutic alliance to increase the effectiveness of treatment. I strive to create a comfortable and supportive atmosphere where difficult issues can be addressed. I also help clients become more aware of the obstacles that prevent them from leading more satisfying lives and improving their relationships. Sometimes that may involve exploring past experiences or it may involve learning new concrete coping skills.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I have a deep respect for the complexities of the human condition. We each have qualities and life stories that make us unique. At the same time, there are many experiences that are universal, and understanding these commonalities can unite us, lead to growth, and help us feel more compassion towards ourselves and others.
“I have a deep respect for the complexities of the human condition.”