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Michael Chenkin Psychotherapy, LCSW, LCADC

Michael Chenkin is a human first and a therapist second. His practice is limited to adults affected by substance use and survivors of major cardiac events. He uses 12-step and non-12- step approaches and supports abstinence, harm-reduction, and moderation. He has been trained in CRAFT, an effective treatment for persons who have a loved one with a substance use disorder.

Specialties
  • Chronic Illness, Pain and Sleep Disorders
  • Addiction and Substance Misuse
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Medicare
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • MagnaCare
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New Jersey
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“I’ve learned the most important things to do throughout my career, including being authentic, being an impeccable listener, asking the right questions, believing that my clients have it within themselves to achieve their highest quality of life regardless of their history, and never doubting the healing power of love.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From the time I was in my mid-teen years, I knew my calling was to help other people overcome their pain and challenges. It has been a humbling privilege to have done so for over 30 years. I’ve learned the most important things to do throughout my career, including being authentic, being an impeccable listener, asking the right questions, believing that my clients have it within themselves to achieve their highest quality of life regardless of their history, and never doubting the healing power of love. My personal experiences of overcoming a battle with substance abuse and surviving a sudden cardiac arrest have certainly contributed to my passion for helping adults facing these challenges. Over the course of my career, I have made a commitment to pursue ongoing training from some of the most respected persons in the field and to continually revise my clinical work based on research and, more importantly, on my clients' responses to treatment.
What should someone know about working with you?
What I always try to keep in the forefront of my mind is the tremendous amount of courage it takes to step into a real or virtual office and be willing to take the risk of talking to a stranger about things that are painful and emotionally-charged. I’ll take the time to listen to your story without judgment and work with you to create an individualized plan; there are no cookie-cutter solutions here! We’ll work collaboratively because I have knowledge about the many things that can help you achieve your goals and you have knowledge about you. We will individualize treatment based on what your needs and preferences are in addition to what I believe is clinically-appropriate and supported by research.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am committed to becoming proficient in practices that have shown to yield the best results and take continuing education programs with the person or person(s) who have developed those practices. My current continuing education focus is on expanding my knowledge and skill in the area of trauma and effective treatments for trauma.
What makes you different from other persons and programs offering treatment for substance use disorders?
Most programs provide treatment to persons who are diagnosed as alcohol or drug dependent. Yet experts agree that there are many more people who have drinking-related problems (“problem drinkers”) than there are those who are dependent (“alcoholic”). Most programs use a one-size-fits-all model, typically based on the 12-step philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. While extremely helpful to some, these are not helpful to many others. Most programs are abstinence-based. Some people do not want to abstain, nor do they need to abstain. I offer moderation and harm-reduction as well as abstinence as treatment goals. Treatment at most programs consists of group therapy with very little individual therapy required or provided. Having been a clinical director at several of these programs, I know that programs financially cannot survive unless structured that way. It’s just not possible to truly individualize care when treatment is primarily group therapy. I struggled long and hard for several years to do so and found it is just not possible. I individualize treatment based on what your needs and preferences are in addition to what I believe is clinically-appropriate and supported by research. Examples might include moderation management, Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, CRAFT, behavioral couples therapy, or other strategies and techniques along with self-help groups. Together, we will identify your strengths and assets to help you achieve your treatment goals. No one knows you better than you; therefore, we will work collaboratively. I encourage you to include supportive family members and supportive others in your treatment. My training and over 30 years of experience enable me to address substance misuse and other mental health concerns with compassion and competence.
“My personal experiences of overcoming a battle with substance abuse and surviving a sudden cardiac arrest have certainly contributed to my passion for helping adults facing these challenges.”
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