Michal Tziyon, LCSW

Psychotherapy, Couple Therapy, Mediation

Michal Tziyon, LCSW, is an experienced mental health professional located in Greenwich Village, New York City. She offers individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, clinical supervision and divorce and family mediation services.

In a safe, confidential and comfortable environment, Ms Tziyon brings a supportive and integrative approach to her work. Her approach is tailored to reaching the client’s goals.

While Ms Tziyon's experience is broad, areas of expertise include: working through relationship and family challenges, mood and anxiety issues, alcohol and substance dependence, and recovery from trauma. As a referral for the behavioral health centers of New York University and The New School for Social Research, she is experienced in working with young adults and the special concerns and challenges that characterize this age group.

As a Divorce and Family Mediator, Ms. Tziyon brings years of experience of working with couples and families, an understanding of interpersonal dynamics, a knowledge of conflict resolution and NYS Family Law. With a focus on workable solutions to disagreement, mediation is a rapid, affordable and effective method to solving problems and finding creative solutions, which allows individuals to move forward with their lives.


Michal Tziyon, LCSW, is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Ms. Tziyon 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. She obtained her 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. Ms. Tziyon is co-founder of the Red Hook Playgroup, a progressive pre-school in Brooklyn. She 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 Greenwich Village, New York City. She offers short and long term psychotherapy for individuals, couples counseling, clinical supervision and divorce and family mediation services.


Individual Psychotherapy

In my work with clients, I 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 his or her goals. My task is to listen and respond in a way that is unique to the client. I am flexible and eclectic in my work with clients.

In treatment, the client is encouraged to say everything and to talk as openly as possible. Saying everything 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.

Couples Counseling

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. At times it seems that love, friendship and passion have dwindled. The work of the couple is to sort through the issues, whilst working on changing harmful patterns of relating and communicating. Many couples notice a repetition of a pattern of reaction to each other in which communication devolves.

In treatment, space is created so both members of the couple can express themselves and be heard. Destructive patterns are identified and altered. Working through feelings of anger and hurt can open the door to renewed feelings of love and longing.

Divorce Mediation

Divorce Mediation is an increasingly utilized alternative to litigation divorces. It is a voluntary settlement process used frequently and successfully by married couples who want to divorce, and by domestic partners who want to separate. With the assistance of Ms.Tziyon, a trained Divorce Mediator, you can reach an agreement that is custom-made by you for your family, your finances and your future. Mediation is emotionally and financially protective of you and your family.

By focusing on problem solving and workable solutions to disagreements, mediation is a cost effective and rapid process. The role of the mediator is to direct communication in a productive direction, quell flares of emotion when necessary, offer information regarding NYS Divorce Law, and useful information about how other families solved similar problems in their separation process.

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Family Mediation

Family Mediation is a process that focuses on solving problems and decreasing reactive conflict. It differs from family therapy in that, while feelings are acknowledged, the process does not focus on working through feelings but on finding workable solutions. Family Mediation can be particularly helpful in solving conflicts with teenage and young adult children, family conflicts with parents and adult siblings, and family business and estate disagreements.

Clinical Supervision

Ms. Tziyon brings a wealth of clinical experience in the field of social work and in private practice. Trained in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic approaches to psychotherapy, Ms. Tziyon possesses a broad range of knowledge and experience in clinical thinking and interventions. Her experience as a faculty advisor and field supervisor make her uniquely attuned to the needs and issues facing the novice practitioner both in the field and in independent practice. Ms. Tziyon’s style of clinical supervision facilitates effective practice, stresses the importance of self-care, focuses on meaningful client relationships and finding one’s own clinical voice.

Clinical supervision is individually tailored to the needs of the clinician, and takes into account all aspects of the clinician/client relationship, including the real life relationship a social work setting may create. Ms. Tziyon assists in solving problems as well as considering the clinical elements and undercurrents of all clinician/client interactions. Countertransference reactions are always central to the supervisory work as important information about the client. These reactions are worked through in supervision in a non-judgmental, generative manner that enhances professional development and confidence.



Individual Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling
  • Initial consultation by appointment, 45 minutes.
  • Sessions are 45 minutes.
  • Fee range $150-$200
  • Insurance accepted: Aetna, most Empire BCBS plans*, out of network plans. Any paperwork necessary for claim processing is provided.
  • *Empire HealthChoice HMO and Empire HealthChoice Assurance are not accepted.

Divorce and Family Mediation
  • Initial phone consultation is required with all members of couple or family participating in mediation. Initial phone consultation is free of charge.
  • Fee is $250 an hour
  • Sessions are 90 minutes (1 ½ hours), fee per session is $375
  • After first session, phone consults, written summaries and other tasks are charged by the quarter hour (15 minutes).
Clinical Supervision
  • Sessions are 45 minutes
  • Fee range $150-$200*
  • *Some pro-bono supervisory sessions available, please contact Ms. Tziyon to inquire.


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.

Make a Payment

You can make a payment through paypal here.


Feel free to contact Ms. Tziyon with any questions regarding her services anytime by phone or by email.

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Michal Tziyon, LCSW

26 West 9th Street
Suite 5E
New York, NY 10011