Mike Comparetto, LMSW
Clinical Experience: I am passionate about both the science and the art of therapy, and my approach is to balance the two. I have been working at NYC Cognitive Therapy since June of 2015 doing individual, group, and couples therapy, and have spent years training in CBT, Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy (TBCT) and Mindfulness because I believe that (based on both clinical data and personal experience) these are some of the most effective tools that I can pass on to my clients.
I am thrilled to be a part of the team at NYC Cognitive Therapy. Our practice is a collaborative environment of therapists who are extremely dedicated to the well-being of our clients and community, with a strong focus on empathy and compassion. I strive to create a collaborative, non-judgmental atmosphere and foster positive therapeutic relationships, where clients feel authentic and empowered. With this as the foundation, we can utilize evidence-based techniques such as CBT and Mindfulness to meet your therapy goals.
I completed my Master’s of Social Work at NYU, and I chose this program for its rigorous clinical emphasis and focus on scientifically verifiable methods. In my time there I was fortunate enough to learn from some of the best social workers New York City has to offer.
Prior to NYC Cognitive Therapy, I built relationships with many wonderful clients during my time as a mental health counselor at GMAD (Gay Men of African Descent), working in close supervision with skilled therapists to ensure the best support services for clients. Some of the issues that we worked through together in individual and group therapy sessions included depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, trauma, homelessness, chronic illness (including HIV), relationship struggles, identity issues, societal oppression, and substance use.
Background: I began my journey to becoming a therapist long before starting formal schooling. In 2006 I began practicing meditation and mindfulness. Teachers and mentors have played a crucial role in guiding the way and providing me with a systematic method that I have incorporated into my work with clients.
The practice of meditation exposes the suffering that all humans experience, and some of the ways in which it can be alleviated. Personal experience provides the kind of understanding that theory alone will not supply, and I have spent nearly every day of the last ten years engaging in some form of meditation or mindfulness practice. This comprehensive study of the mind encompasses thoughts, beliefs, feelings, actions, bodily sensations, and relationships with others. The fundamental basis of meditation, which is now supported by ample studies in neuroscience, is that the mind is not fixed, but pliable – able to change in many ways if the right techniques are employed.
In 2012 I also received formal training in the fields of Yoga and Holistic Health Counseling. These disciplines seek to widen the perspective on the mind and body, emphasizing that every issue must be looked at in the context of the whole person. This means that an individual’s environment, support network, lifestyle, internal and external stressors, physical health, career, family history, thoughts, and emotions are all inextricably inter-related. By engaging with these interdependent aspects of your life, you can begin to progress in accordance with your goals.
I don’t like (or am not interested in) meditation. Can you still help me?
Yes! While meditation has been the key component in my own understanding of the mind, it does not have to be yours. There are many pathways to the same outcome.
Areas of Interest:
Anxiety, Depression, Meditation/Mindfulness, Couples Counseling, Trauma, Substance Use, Self-Esteem, LGBTQ issues
- New York University, Master of Clinical Social Work
- Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Holistic Health Coach Certification
- Five Towns College, BPS in Business with a concentration in Audio Recording Technology
- NYS Licensed Master Social Worker
- Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy Certification
- Certified Holistic Health Coach (Institute of Integrative Nutrition, certified by American Association of Drugless Practitioners)
- Certified 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher (Integral Yoga Institute)
- NYS Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene HIV 101 Certification