Michelle Palmer, MHC-LP



As a counseling psychotherapist, I accept the notion that emotional pain, stress, imbalance, and discomfort are virtually unavoidable in life. In my work as a clinician, I strive to provide a safe space, free of judgment, in which you can freely explore the reasons why, and the ways in which, your responses to life’s challenges are maladaptive or no longer serve you. With compassion and empathy, I will meet you wherever you are on your journey towards healing and draw from a variety of therapeutic modalities, to help you identify limiting thoughts, ideas, and patterns while arming you with the tools to replace them with healthy, affirming, and positive ones. Although my preferred theoretical approaches include psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, humanistic, and positive psychology therapies, my aim is to partner with you in creating a unique palate of approaches that will best facilitate and maintain your shift to healing and wellness.

I received my Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology from NYU, with a minor in Creative Writing. I then completed the dual degree program at Teachers College, Columbia University with an EDM and MA in Psychological Counseling. I have experience with crisis counseling from volunteering at a suicide prevention hotline, and have worked with children, adolescents and young adults dealing with anxiety, depression, identity exploration, grief and trauma during my clinical fieldwork. I also served as a Psychosocial Assistant at the Quad Preparatory School, helping children on the neurodivergent spectrum navigate their daily activities and interactions with others.

I earned a Master's degree in Mental Health and Wellness Counseling from the department of Applied Psychology at New York University that expertly prepared me to work with individual teens and adults, couples, and families suffering from mental illness including depression, anxiety, and mental trauma. I hold a law degree from the New York University School of Law and, prior to becoming a counselor, practiced both family and corporate law. My intimate familiarity with the unique challenges faced by high performing professionals in stressful work environments led to me working with clients who are peak performers experiencing burn out in fields from finance to the performing arts and elite athletics. I also hold a certificate in Divorce Mediation and enjoy working with couples and families including high conflict divorce, custody arrangements, co-parenting, narcissistic abuse and recovery, and post-divorce rehabilitation.


The Soho Center for Mental Health Counseling
159 Bleecker St, 2nd Floor
New York City, NY 10012
Phone: 917-382-8075

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