Welcome to BetterHelp, if you are reaching out for help it shows your are interested in recovering your life and starting to work toward solutions to challenges. My name is Michelle Defino, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 12 years experience. I graduated from Binghamton University in 2008 and have worked primarily worked with substance abuse/co-occurring clients. I have worked with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, bi-polar and other more severe mental illness. I have worked with a Federal Re-entry Substance Abuse Program for the last 3 years.
I use many forms of therapy to meet the needs of my clients including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution focused. I use these modalities to help to change thinking and behaviors that lead to many of the issues in daily life. Another modality I use is mindfulness to increase focus and concentration.
I realize how difficult it can be to ask for assistance and how important it is for you and I am looking forward to working with you and helping you to gain the life you are hoping for. I will consider different ways to work with you, however prefer video, since we will be able to see and get to know each other easier. I am looking forward to meeting and working with you.
- Anger management
- Coping with life changes
Stress, Anxiety , Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Impulsivity , Money and Financial Issues , Social Anxiety and Phobia Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
NJ LCSW 44SC05618700
NY LCSW 090260-01
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Amazing help. Supportive and understand. 100 %
She was a big help in our first session.
Michelle DeFino thank you so much for welcoming me warmly. You never judged me for obstacles that had happened in my life and always made me feel like I was somebody and worthy. Thank you so much for your time! And hope to talk to you again soon!
Understanding and listens to me, no matter what it is
Michelle is excellent, knowledgeable & truly listens. It’s been an honor to work with her
Michelle is such a kind and inspiring soul. She always welcomed me with a smile and song... she will be not only a mentor and guide, but a friend. Thank you, Michelle!
Michelle has been exceptionally patient and helpful. She's really helped me find myself and enabled me to stay grounded.
A very positive influential force!
Michelle is a very kind and enlightened therapist. She listens intently while providing actionable strategies for her patients to help achieve their goals.
I was definitely apprehensive about speaking to someone but after the first five minutes with Michelle I forgot that I was supposed to be scared. She’s so patient understanding and adaptive you have to be with me unfortunately. She not only has made me feel better but i truly believe she cares. I’d definitely recommend better help and Michelle as I have already.