Michal Tziyon, LCSW
Counseling and Psychotherapy

Michal Tziyon, LCSW, Counseling and Psychotherapy is a group practice of talented and well trained psychotherapists under the clinical direction and supervision of Michal Tziyon, LCSW. We offer counseling, psychotherapy and mediation services to adults, adolescents, couples and families. We have two New York City locations: Greenwich Village and Tribeca.

Our mission is to provide high quality services that are tailored to each individual’s needs. Our team of therapists bring skill, experience and sensitivity to their work. Our therapists are caring, devoted and provide a non-judgmental, accepting environment in which you will feel comfortable to do the remarkable work of psychotherapy.

When you meet with your therapist for the initial consultation, you will find a comfortable environment with an excellent professional who will guide you through your process. Your treatment is tailored to your needs and your situation as you collaboratively work with your therapist towards your goals.

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Our Therapists

Michal Tziyon, LCSW

Founder & Clinical Director

Michal Tziyon, LCSW, is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She obtained her Master of Social Work Degree from New York University with post-graduate clinical training in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, and family and divorce mediation training from the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

Ms Tziyon has been in practice since 1999. She has worked in the mental health field in both inpatient and outpatient settings. As a consultant to Family Court and to New York Supreme Court, she provided expert testimony in family and divorce cases and supervised court mandated visits between parents and children. She is a co-founder of the Red Hook Playgroup, a progressive pre-school in Brooklyn. Ms Tziyon was faculty advisor with NYU School of Social Work, and supervised social work interns in the field.

Ms. Tziyon has been exclusively in independent practice since 2007 in New York City. She expanded her practice with the addition of carefully selected, talented and skilled therapists. Ms Tziyon finds great fulfillment in her clinical work with patients, as well as in her supervisory relationships with colleagues in her practice. She currently directs her group practice in two locations: Greenwich Village and Tribeca.

Johnny Dutcher, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Johnny Dutcher, LMSW earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health from the University of Southern California and received his post graduate training in Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He also completed advanced training in emergency psychiatric social work, crisis intervention, and advanced assessment and diagnosis. Mr. Dutcher is affiliated with Columbia Presbyterian Hospital as well as Columbia University School of Social Work where he is an Adjunct Lecturer.

Mr Dutcher’s approach to treatment is psychodynamic. His areas of expertise include working with those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, recent or past trauma, as well as with those who experience problems with self-esteem, and maintaining or attracting healthy relationships. He works effectively with those experiencing a diverse range of challenges that include adults and adolescents of various ages and cultural backgrounds.

Maryam Sajed, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Maryam Sajed, LCSW is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Cornell University, and her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has post-graduate training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as well as Internal Family Systems (IFS). Ms Sajed has been working as a psychotherapist in outpatient mental health and social service settings in Manhattan since 2011.

Ms Sajed utilizes IFS and EMDR to supplement her psychodynamic and mindfulness based approach. She has also worked in the field of intimate partner abuse and has developed an expertise in helping individuals heal from relationship and childhood abuse and trauma.

Stephanie Serur, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Stephanie Serur, LMSW, received her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Services, and is a New York State Licensed Master of Social Work. She has extensive background in outpatient mental health, clinical care, mediation, and advocacy. Ms Serur works with late adolescence, college students, adults, and couples looking to better their lives and open their possibilities.

As a dedicated clinician, Ms Serur has immersed herself in a lifelong practice of helping others live lives more aligned with the vision of their best selves. During your sessions, you will feel supported, secure, and listened to, allowing the work to evolve in a manner which invites hopefulness, and mastery of skills towards goal-oriented change. By tuning your attention towards how the past frames the present, new thinking strategies are explored and narratives created to assist you in achieving your personal goals.

Approach

Counseling and Psychotherapy

In our work with clients, we take into account the myriad influences that make us who we are - our biology, psychology, social environment, current situation and history. Together we talk about the different influences, try to understand them and work towards changing the things the client would like to change. The purpose of the collaboration between the client and therapist is to assist the client in achieving their goals. Our task is to listen and respond in a way that is unique to each individual client.

We utilize a wide range of modalities in our work with clients. With a firm foundation in psychodynamic theory and practice, our clinicians augment their work with various theoretical and practical interventions that suit the client’s needs. This eclectic approach includes orientations such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), internal family systems (IFS) and mindfulness approaches. Some of our therapists are also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and utilize this effective intervention in their work.

Presenting Problems

People come to us for help with a wide range of reasons, including:

  • We help people who feel stuck and want to find a way to make changes in their lives
  • Life transitions, such as a breakup, divorce, relocation, illness or career changes
  • Feelings of depression and anxiety
  • Struggles with body image and eating patterns
  • Challenges managing alcohol and drug use
  • Recovery from childhood trauma and abuse
  • Recovery from recent trauma
  • Working through loss and grief
  • Dissociative identity experiences
  • Ongoing support for an existing mental health diagnosis

Services

We provide counseling and Psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, couples and families. We also provide Mediations services for families and groups.

Individual Psychotherapy

In treatment, your therapist will first and foremost help you feel comfortable. The client is encouraged to talk as openly as possible. Speaking openly in this nonjudgmental, accepting environment opens the door to change. We discover new things about ourselves. We create narrative. We have new thoughts, which leads to an ability to take new actions. It becomes possible to find relief from repetitive, destructive behaviors and relationship patterns. We can learn how to become more accepting of who we are and find relief from inner turmoil. We are able to create productive, creative ways of being in the world that are true to who we are.

Our therapists are skilled in various modalities of treatment, including: Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical, Mindfulness, Humanistic, Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic and Trauma Theory. Our range of training enables us to tailor our approach to the specific needs of the person we are working with, based on the individual’s goals.

Couples Counseling

In relationships it is often challenging to find ways to meet the needs of both members of a couple. Communication can easily become reactive and contentious. Alternately, some individuals shut down or withdraw when confronted with emotional pain and disappointment.

Many aspects of couple life may go awry or be riddled with conflict, such as money, sex and parenting. The work of the couple is to sort through the conflicts whilst working on changing harmful patterns of relating and communicating. Space is created so both members of the couple can express themselves and be heard by each other. Working through feelings of frustration, disappointment, betrayal, anger and hurt can open the door to renewed feelings of love and longing. Learning to find forgiveness and to express love and affection, allows the couple to thrive again.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is an effective therapeutic intervention at any stage of the family, including families with adolescents or adult children.

Various life stressors and transitions, or just the ordinary demands of life, can make communication and collaboration challenging in the family system. As we all grow and change, whether we are children, adolescents or adults, these changes can be hard to manage in relationships – how to be with each other and communicate with one another as we or our circumstances transform. Through family therapy, communication is addressed with the goal of creating mutually respectful relationships for all involved. Creating a well balanced family system in which all are heard and feelings are processed, will facilitate finding workable solutions to day to day problems and conflicts, as well as working through dynamics of relationships, whether they are between parents and children, siblings or more complex dynamics with all involved.

Mediation for Families, Groups and Partners

Mediation is an intervention utilized in resolving conflicts peacefully and effectively. Mediation differs from counseling and psychotherapy in that there is little focus on processing feelings. The process of mediation involves a concentrated effort in finding workable solutions to problems and conflicts. With the assistance of the mediator, all voices are heard as the partners, family or group, assess the various solutions they may find mutually acceptable. Mediation can be very helpful in family conflicts and disagreements with teenagers, adult children, adult siblings and business partners. Because of the problem solving focus of mediation, sessions tend to be few (3-10). Frequency of meetings depends on the specific needs of each case, and can be biweekly, monthly or less frequent.

People tend to come to mediation when a problem or conflict is persistent, repetitive and has reached an impasse. Often, the ability to communicate becomes greatly limited due to reactive and high emotions, and the ability to communicate is all but severed. Below are examples of reasons mediation is sought:

  • Conflicts with teenagers regarding curfew, schoolwork, and other behaviors.
  • Disagreements between divorced or separated parents regarding various parenting decisions.
  • Divorcing partners who need extra support through their divorce or divorce mediation process.
  • Conflicts between parents and adult children, or between adult siblings, regarding business, assets and property.
  • Disagreements between adult siblings regarding caring for aging parents.
  • Disagreements between business partners regarding various aspects of running a business.

Policies and Fees

Individual Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling

  • Initial individual psychotherapy consultation by appointment, 45 minutes.
  • Individual Sessions are 45 minutes.
  • Couples Sessions and initial consultations are 60-75 minutes, depending on your therapist. Please confirm duration of session with your therapist.

Family and Group Mediation

  • Sessions are 60- 75 minutes long

Confidentiality

All sessions are fully confidential as bound by New York State HIPPA Regulations. Signed consent by the client is required in order to disclose information or communicate with other healthcare providers.

Cancellation Policy

24 hour notice is required for cancellation. Less than 24 hour results in full charge. This means charge of full fee for insurance paying patients, not only the copay.

Getting Started

Please contact us with any questions or concerns. You may book an appointment here through Zocdoc. Once your appointment is booked, you will receive a welcome email from your assigned therapist. This email will confirm your appointment, its location, and, if you are using insurance, your insurance and payment details. If you are an out of network or self paying client, you will reach a mutually agreed upon fee with your therapist.

Fees

  • Individual Psychotherapy (adults and adolescents) – 45 minute sessions
  • Our fee range is $125-$200 per session. The fee is set at the initial consultation.
  • Couples and Family Therapy – 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes)
  • Our fee range for couples and family therapy is $175-$250 per session. The fee is set at the initial consultation.
  • Family and Group Mediation – 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes)
  • Mediation is not a service covered by mental health insurance. Our fee for mediation is $250 per session.

Insurance

  • We are in-network with Aetna. Your insurance will be verified prior to your initial consultation. You will receive an email detailing your benefits plan, including deductible, co-pay and co-insurance. You will be aware of your share and fee upon beginning your session.
  • We take out of network insurance. Any paperwork necessary for claim processing is provided. Please check with your insurance carrier regarding your benefits.

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