Michael  Brustein

Michael Brustein

Psychologist, PsyD Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online
Chelsea Not Accepting In-person
Updated February 18, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Perfectionism
  • Executive coaching
  • Procrastination
  • Imposter syndrome

Professional statement

Michael Brustein is a Clinical Psychologist in NYC with training from Harvard Medical School and Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. His book, Perfectionism: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals, is one of the foundational textbooks for clinicians learning to manage perfectionistic clients. As an assistant professor at the Albert Einstein Medical School, Michael has taught psychotherapy techniques, abnormal psychology, and group therapy.

Michael's approach integrates CBT/Mindfulness and psychodynamic theory. He works with high-striving, curious professionals, who struggle with anxiety, anger, and perfectionism. His integrated approach helps his clients increase their emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and capacity to navigate relationships. Many of his clients are males between the ages of 25-70 and find they have gained significant coping skills, self-compassion, and insight.

Message to clients

I am a clinical psychologist who has helped many people cope with and manage their anxiety or psychological difficulties. I provide my clients with concrete techniques to alleviate stress and reduce emotional reactivity. I help my clients learn to create a mindful gap, where they are more able to observe, rather than react emotionally to difficult situations. Additionally, through our work together you will understand the repetitive dynamics and behaviors contributing to your anxiety. Essentially, I can help you become more in touch with your thoughts and feelings. As a result, you will make decisions that make you feel in control, less stressed, and more satisfied with life.

My background includes clinical training at Harvard Medical School, Yeshiva University and New York University.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Executive coaching - Addressing mental barriers to realizing full potential; overcoming performance anxiety and self-doubt to reach personal and professional goals

Procrastination - Identifying stressors and ties to perfectionism, structuring and managing time, learning self-management habits

Imposter syndrome - Understanding and working through imposter syndrome as it pertains to their daily life


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna)
  • FIT Student Health Insurance (Aetna)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $150 - $200
  • Initial session: $250 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • IvyPay
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly


Chelsea practice
80 8th Avenue, New York, New York 10011
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Harvard Medical School, Pre-doctoral Internship

Yeshiva University, Psy.D


New York: 16681



Client testimonials

"Dr. Brustein asked me a lot of questions to try and understand my specific problem."
- Zencare client • October 2020
"Within minutes I could tell Dr. Brustein "got me," and he was able to provide some really positive insights. I asked to schedule an appointment during our consultation."
- Zencare client • August 2020