If you are having a hard time and thinking about talking to someone, then now is the time to begin therapy. Hello, I am Michael Zwizanski, a licensed individual and relationship therapist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In my work, I seek to make a connection that will cultivate a safe, judgement-free space to work through challenging issues & promote self-discovery. My stance in life and in my practice is anti-racist, sex positive, LGBTQ+ competent and gender affirming. I recognize my privilege as a white male professional and strive to position myself as an equal collaborator in the processes of growth and change within my clients.
Coming from an entertainment industry background, I have worked extensively with artists, musicians, actors and entrepreneurs and understand the creative process, along with the self-determination that pushes it forward and the self-doubt that can hold it in stagnation. My work with couples focuses on the importance of communication and emotional intelligence as the foundation for healthy and sustainable connection between partners. I am also trained as a harm-reduction and integration therapist for clients interested in working with plant medicines.
Reaching out for support is not easy. I commend you on taking the first step toward a more compassionate and insightful understanding of yourself and thank you for putting your trust in me to accompany you through that journey.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression, Coaching, ADHD, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Multicultural Concerns, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
PA LMFT MF001252
Michael has helped me immensely through in navigating my thoughts and feelings in a productive way. Even when I don’t have anything immediately come to mind to talk to him about I still leave every session feeling better than before.
Written on Sep 18, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, and coping with life changes
He grows on you. He is very gentle with recommending things if you are a good leader of yourself, but having been with him in times of small and great need, I can say he steps up to the plate when I have truly felt 100% lost and unsettled. I feel like I have a chance of being okay when our sessions are finished and always feel there is more for me to think about.
Written on Dec 30, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Michael is very professional and targets root issues. I would highly recommend Michael. I was skeptical of getting therapy for many years and since day 1 I feel it’s like I’m talking to an old friend and catching up. Have been very satisfied with my sessions so far.
Written on Oct 17, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
My primary praise is that, in two sessions, he has asked questions I have never considered. Although I am still a bit uncomfortable (because this is a new setting) I sincerely appreciate his use of silence. I was never a fan until recently and I am able to see its value for what I will be doing in the future. He validates what I am bringing to the table and he doesn’t diminish things. I feel heard and not dismissed for once.
Written on Jul 17, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and self esteem
Thoughtful, intelligent, and kind.
Written on Jul 02, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd
Michael is kind and thoughtful, and often times therapy feels like meeting a friend for coffee. In the time that I've been working with him I feel like I've gained a lot of control and acceptance over my emotions. I would absolutely recommend him to others searching for a therapist.
Written on Mar 31, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and anger management