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Michelle DeFino, LCSW

Addictions Grief Anger management Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

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.

Professional experience

3yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: 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

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

License information

NJ LCSW 44SC05618700

NY LCSW 090260-01


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Amazing help. Supportive and understand. 100 %

Written on Oct 04, 2022 after therapy with Michelle for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

She was a big help in our first session.

Written on Jul 18, 2022 after therapy with Michelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, anger management, and bipolar disorder

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!

Written on Feb 06, 2022 after therapy with Michelle for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, anger management, intimacy-related issues, and career difficulties

Understanding and listens to me, no matter what it is

Written on Nov 30, 2021 after therapy with Michelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues

Michelle is excellent, knowledgeable & truly listens. It’s been an honor to work with her

Written on Aug 23, 2021 after therapy with Michelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

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!

Written on Aug 07, 2021 after therapy with Michelle for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues