About Ben Michaelis, PhD - Ben Michaelis, PhD

About Ben Michaelis, PhD

NEW YORK, NY – Dr. Ben Michaelis attends AOL Build Speaker on May 11, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

America is in the midst of an identity crisis. Our country is more polarized now than ever before. In the midst of the divisions that are tearing apart personal relationships and calling into question what it means to be an American we need a steady voice to provide perspective, balance, and compassion to help heal these psychological wounds. America and Americans need a therapist. That therapist is Dr. Ben Michaelis.

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D., is a clinical and media psychologist, popular keynote speaker, blogger for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today, and the author of Your Next Big Thing: Ten Small Steps to Get Moving and Get Happy.  In his private practice Dr. Michaelis has worked with a wide array of patients, including entrepreneurs, authors, actors, musicians, artists, and executives.

Through his dynamic keynote talks and television appearances, Dr. Michaelis shares his wisdom about authenticity, balance, purpose, presence and problem-solving in both work and personal life.  

In his private practice, Dr. Michaelis uses a blend of psychotherapy and coaching to help his clients become more present, proactive, and authentic in navigating the ever-changing landscape of work and personal life.  Dr. Michaelis has worked with a wide array of patients, including CEOs, politicians, entrepreneurs, authors, actors, musicians, and artists. Dr. Michaelis works with his individual clients to help them discover their true selves, what they really need out of life – and how to make it happen. He provides them with a practical plan to find the right path for them, face what’s holding them back, and break through the illusions that have been keeping them from living a life of possibilities.

Dr. Michaelis is the author of numerous popular and scholarly articles. He is frequently featured as a mental health expert on various television and radio programs such as on The Today Show, Fox News, MSNBC, The Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, and publications including O The Oprah Magazine, Parents magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post, Women’s Health, Glamour, and Redbook, as well as many others.

Dr. Michaelis graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University (Columbia College) in 1995 and was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa the same year.  Dr. Michaelis then worked at the Children’s Television Workshop (CTW) performing research with children for Sesame Street and The New Ghostwriter Mysteries.  After several years at CTW he travelled to Nepal and India where he wrote, thought, and learned from Buddhist Monks in the Himalayas.

When he returned to the United States, Dr. Michaelis enrolled in the doctoral program at New York University.  He earned his Master’s Degree from NYU in 2001 and his Ph.D. in 2004. Michaelis was the recipient of a MacCracken Graduate Fellowship and was a teaching fellow at NYU in 2000 and 2001. He completed his clinical internship at New York University-Bellevue Hospital in 2004. Dr. Michaelis has been in private practice since 2004 where he focuses on an action-oriented approach to problem solving.

Practice Information

Dr. Michaelis’ private practice in Manhattan is focused on action-oriented approach to problem solving.  Although he was trained in a traditional model of psychotherapy, his techniques are informed by a variety of sources including traditional cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, dynamic psychotherapy, cross-cultural mythology, evolutionary psychology and biology, and the visual and dramatic arts.

Through using a blended approach in his practice, Dr. Michaelis helps his patients achieve a strong sense of self and balance.  Dr. Michaelis’ core philosophy is that in spite of any differences that exist between us, all humans fundamentally seek to have lives filled with play, purpose, love and meaningful work.

If you are interested in Dr. Michaelis’ private practice, please contact him using the form below:

Practice Address:

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.
247 Third Avenue, Suite 401
(between 20th and 21st Streets)
New York, NY 10010