Michael McAllister

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About Me

My career in behavioral health encompasses a number of related domains, including private clinical practice, employer and justice system referrals, work with individuals, families and couples, substance use disorders, and group work.

Experience includes work with innovative models in school based counseling, supportive educational counseling with court referred divorcing couples, providing expert testimony in family and criminal court, and directing both outpatient and residential programs. I have served as chair of a national conference on substance use and treatment, and a city-wide conference on integrating child welfare and substance use affected families.

Teletherapy has become widespread in the era of Covid-19, and I am currently engaged as a provider, and also have used in my practice going back to 2012.

Other experience includes community education, advocacy and leadership in provider organizations, as well as international and local consultation. I have also been an adjunct faculty providing classroom instruction in correctional institutions, serving inmates matriculated in college courses.
Currently, I work part-time as the mental health resource in a supported housing program operated by a local non-profit agency in New York City.
My treatment approach uses a trans-theoretical model encompassing elements of harm reduction, CBT, motivational interviewing, family systems, and trauma informed practice,
I feel a profound appreciation for the humanity of all the clients I have known in my decades of practice, and for their diversity and the wisdom acquired through knowing
them. In my practice, my deepest commitment is to trauma informed principles, and to cultural humility that respects and learns from human diversity and individuality.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Anger management
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Family conflicts , Eating disorders , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Codependency , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 35

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #032063 (Expires: 2022-08-31)


Written by D.A. on Sep 14, 2021 after counseling with Michael for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Michael is extremely patient and understanding. His ability to listen, understand, and help is the best I’ve ever encountered. I highly recommend.

Written by S.E. on Aug 07, 2021 after counseling with Michael for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Michael has been amazing for me and I look forward to more great sessions and conversations with him. He really seems to give a shit which is such a refreshing thing nowadays

Written by A.S. on Jun 21, 2021 after counseling with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

He has quickly become someone that I feel I can trust and confide in with my concerns and issues. He makes me feel cared for and have someone to talk to about the stress in my life.