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Michael Zone Psychotherapy, LCSW

Michael Zone is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), educator (MEd), lawyer (JD), positive psychology coach, and author of A Higher Purpose. He works with individuals who want to increase their optimism and resilience and find meaning and purpose in life. He uses a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology, philosophical counseling, and logotherapy.

Michael Zone is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), educator (MEd), lawyer (JD), positive psychology coach, and author of A Higher Purpose. He works with individuals who want to increase their optimism and resilience and find meaning and purpo…

Michael Zone is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), educator (MEd), lawyer (JD), positive psychology coach, and author of A Higher Purpose. He works with individuals who want to increase their optimism and resilience and find meaning and purpose in life. He uses a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology, philosophical counseling, and logotherapy.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • AllSavers UHC
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Meritain
  • Nippon
  • United Healthcare Shared Services
  • Allied Benefit Systems - Aetna
  • Bind
  • Health Plans Inc.
  • UnitedHealthcare Global
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
Locations
  • Offers virtual sessions
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I work with people not to just reduce depression, anxiety, stress, fear, and loneliness but to increase optimism, resilience, happiness, positivity, and meaning in life.”
Why try therapy?
It doesn’t make sense. Somehow, all your success has led to depression: Your accomplishments have turned to anxiety and your achievements have turned to a pervasive emptiness. From the outside, everything seems great – terrific job, happy relationship, good kids. Yet, you wake up every day lethargic and unmotivated. You’re just going through the motions. What’s wrong with you? Everyone says you should be happy and grateful. But they don’t know the war being waged beneath the surface. You are living the American Dream! So, why does it feel like a nightmare? It took you so long to get where you are. You don't want to wait another minute to start enjoying it. First, it's not you. You’re a remarkable person and a great success. It's your negative and self-defeating thoughts that are the problem. Second, you’ve overcome many obstacles before, and you can beat this, too. I can help you change your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in ways that will drastically change your experience of life. You don't need to wait years for relief nor do you need to give up time at work or with your family. Through online counseling and teletherapy, you can make progress in your own home. With short-term counseling, you could be feeling better in weeks, not years. Call today!
What’s the problem?
“Every difficulty in life presents us with an opportunity to turn inward and to invoke our own submerged inner resources. The trials we endure can and should introduce us to our strengths. . . Dig deeply. You possess strengths you might not realize you have. Find the right ones. Use it.” - Epictetus. As we move through life, we expect to be better able to deal with adversities, learn valuable lessons, and overcome obstacles. We hope to develop wisdom, perspective, and resilience. Too often, we develop apathy and a sense of defeatism and fatalism. The result is melancholy and alienation: Not happy, not sad, just empty. I work with people not to just reduce depression, anxiety, stress, fear, and loneliness but to increase optimism, resilience, happiness, positivity, and meaning in life. “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” - Marcus Aurelius
What can be done about it?
“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” - Viktor Frankl. Is it possible to increase genuine happiness? Can a person find real meaning and purpose in life? Can the emptiness felt inside really be filled? The answer to all these questions is yes! Real confidence and happiness come from setting goals, overcoming adversity, and achieving success. It is striving, failing, trying again, and accepting yourself for who you are. It is facing life with flexibility, openness, and stoicism. Learning to persevere, to have discipline, and to have gratitude and empathy are the characteristics of success and happy people. “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
What should someone know about working with you?
Initially, I spend time getting to know a person, understanding their background, and developing goals and objectives. I partner with clients and take an active role in helping them overcome obstacles to progress and implement strategies to achieve success. I assign homework and, each session, chart what was accomplished during the week in order to capitalize on gains and work on areas needing improvement. Change is not easy; it takes hard work, discipline, and commitment. Taking a hard and honest look at ourselves is one of the most frightening and most liberating things a person can do. It takes courage to change, but it is worth it. “We are more often frightened than hurt and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.” - Seneca
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am thrilled to see a destigmatization of mental health at all levels of society and a new emphasis on increasing happiness, resilience, and optimism in addition to the treatment for more traditional challenges and issues. Happiness is not just the reduction and removal of depression, anxiety, and stress; it is the addition of optimism, resilience, positivity, and meaning in life. “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” - Nietzsche
“I partner with clients and take an active role in helping them overcome obstacles to progress and implement strategies to achieve success.”