Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

Dr. Ben Michaelis believes that we are all meant to create.

An innovative thinker, world traveler, clinical psychologist, speaker, and author, Dr. Michaelis brings his passion for creativity to his treatment approach in working with people from diverse populations. “By expanding the traditional definition of creativity and helping people to understand that what they create defines them, I help people use their instincts to create and play in order to lead more fulfilling lives.”

Dr. Michaelis began studying Psychology as an undergraduate at Columbia University (Columbia College) where he was strongly influenced by the work of prominent faculty members Geraldine Downey, Ph.D., Walter Mischel, Ph.D., and Carol Dweck, Ph.D.  After graduating, Michaelis continued on at the university doing research on Rejection Sensitivity with Dr. Downey.  Shortly thereafter, Dr. Michaelis worked with Children’s Television Workshop where he assessed children’s comprehension of Sesame Street and The New Ghostwriter Mysteries.

Dr. Michaelis has been in private practice since 2005. Specializing in using techniques of play and creative expression to help his patients achieve mental health and well-being, Dr. Michaelis works with a diverse clientele including individuals engaged in traditional creative arts such as music, acting, and writing, as well as entrepreneurs, business professionals, and students.  He has served on the faculty at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, and is currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University.

Dr. Michaelis is the co-founder of the Downtown Clinicians Collective, one of New York City’s largest networking organizations for mental health professionals. The author of numerous scholarly articles and studies, he is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and  He has been featured in, Redbook Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times.  Dr. Michaelis has appeared on nationally syndicated TV shows such as NBC’s Today Show, The Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family,  MSNBC’s Your Business, and WFLA-TV’s Daytime TV Show. He has also been a guest on National Public Radio and the Martha Stewart Living Radio Network.