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Michael Burke(He/Him/His)

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
New YorkMassachusetts
Anxiety - Couples counseling- Depression- LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics- Loss, grief, and bereavement- Trauma-

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Professional statement

Michael Burke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. He works with both individuals and couples who wish to take a meaningful look inside themselves to help get past both the conscious and unconscious barriers that are keeping them from fully living their lives in the way they long for.

Michael’s clients are often challenged to look deep inside their emotional worlds with a compassionate, non-judgmental and caring approach. Through the use of insight-oriented therapy, Michael helps clients learn more about their emotional world in a way that offers new understanding, increased self-awareness and self-compassion. This leads to relief from feelings of sadness, anxiety, fear, shame, loneliness, despair, panic, stress and other painful emotional states which opens the door to a more peaceful, meaningful life.

Michael also works with couples using the Gottman Method. He has trained through all 3 levels of the Gottman Method with additional training in working with couples on trauma and affairs. Although Michael’s area of expertise is in working with the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ and gender non-conforming couples, he believes that many of the fundamental struggles that couples sometimes face (conflict management, creating shared goals and meaning, intimacy, sex, etc.) occur across all areas of the gender and sexuality spectrum.

Michael welcomes people from all backgrounds and walks of life to his practice.

Message to clients

I believe that a non-judgmental, compassionate approach is absolutely fundamental to successful therapy. My goal is to create a nurturing environment based on understanding and empathy.

I'm also a creative person by nature and it's what makes my therapy unique. Each person comes to therapy with their own individual needs, and I feel part of what makes therapy successful is having a therapist who can creatively adapt their skills to meet those needs.

If you are located in or near New York City, I am happy to see you in-person but can also work with you remotely if that's easier. I can also meet people virtually who reside in New York State and Massachusetts (I am licensed in both states).

I also offer an intensive, weekend-long "marathon" therapy for couples using the Gottman Method. Please inquire for details.

Please feel free to reach out to me for an initial 15-minute consultation either by phone or zoom. It's a chance for you to get to know me a bit more and ask any questions you might have. It's also an opportunity for me to understand what what brings you to therapy at this time and how I can best help you with whatever challenges you're facing.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 24 years

Gottman Method for Couples Therapy, Level 3 Certificate , 2020
Psychoanalytic Association of New York, Certificate from 2-year training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Adults, 2004
University of Michigan, MSW, 2000
University of Michigan, BA, 1997


New York: 074571 - Massachusetts: 113682




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

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


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

Locations & Hours


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Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$275 (50min)

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