Dr. Ben: Elite Performance Coach and Author
Dr. Ben is an action-oriented psychologist, elite performance coach, and author located in New York City who engages with his clients to help them navigate the ever-changing landscape of work and personal life. As an elite performance coach, and psychologist, Dr. Ben works with top CEOs, entrepreneurs, authors, political figures, actors, musicians, and artists. His authentic style, empirically driven techniques, and elite performance coaching help each client unlock their potential within themselves, in the workplace, and in personal and professional relationships.
The author of your “Your Next Big Thing: Ten Small Steps to Get Moving and Get Happy”, Dr. Ben is pragmatic and provides the everyday guidance for how to best live through ‘play, purpose and meaningful work.’ He has become a leading expert on various television and radio programs such as The Today Show, Fox News, MSNBC, and publications including O The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post, Women’s Health, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and Redbook.
Dr. Ben graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University (Columbia College) and is a lifelong member of Phi Beta Kappa. He has traveled to Nepal and India where studied with Buddhist Monks in the Himalayas.
A recipient of a MacCracken Graduate Fellowship, Dr. Ben completed his Master’s Degree from New York University in 2001 and his Ph.D. in 2004. He served a clinical internship at New York University-Bellevue Hospital in 2004 and began in private practice that same year. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Ben has spearheaded several initiatives to improve the quality of mental health in New York City and beyond.
In 2008, Dr. Michaelis co-founded The Clinicians Collective, one of New York’s largest cross-disciplinary organizations aimed at improving the quality of healthcare by encouraging dialogue and providing resources and education for clinicians. In 2016 Dr. Ben launched the YouTube series One Minute Diagnosis, which provides free one-minute informational videos about common mental health disorders, which have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times and are currently in use by several non-profit and governmental organizations as instructional videos for their trainees.
Dr. Ben's private practice in Manhattan is focused on action-oriented approach to coaching leaders in business, technology, and creative fields. 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. Ben helps his clients achieve a strong sense of self and balance. Dr. Ben's 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.