Michael Cassidy Gallagher

Michael Cassidy Gallagher

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for morning, evening, daytime, & weekend appointments in Winchester practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Relationships
  • Young adult mental health
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem

Professional statement

Michael Gallagher is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Burlington, Massachusetts who specializes in helping clients build meaningful relationships, heal trauma, and explore topics of existentialism. He welcomes people of all genders to his practice, and especially enjoys supporting young men as they navigate their own masculinity and develop higher emotional attunement.

A trauma specialist, Michael is sensitive to the impact of adverse early life experiences, even when they don’t fit the mold of what is commonly recognized as traumatic, such as emotionally unavailable or unnurturing parents. By tuning into what underlies symptoms of anxiety and depression, Michael helps clients open up the possibility to view themselves in a new light and make more conscious choices, free of shame and guilt.

In addition to support managing pressing challenges, much of Michael’s work is existential, giving clients space to grapple with big questions about how to make meaning of their life experiences. Michael strives to maintain an environment that is culturally sensitive, LGBT affirmative, and kink, fetish, and fantasy friendly.

Michael received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and his Master's in Social Work from Boston College. His office is located in Burlington, across from Lahey Hospital.

Message to clients

Self-discovery and self-recovery is a journey, it takes courage. Starting from birth we enter life with curiosity about ourselves and our capabilities; about the world around us, and how we fit in. Sometimes this journey is seamless, sometimes we get bumps and bruises. Yet regardless of where we are, we can all use some help on our Insightful Direction. It is my great privilege to work with anyone who is eager to understand why they are the way they are and what we can collaboratively work on to feel whole and understood.


Trauma - Coping and healing after long-term abuse, attachment wounds, or repeated traumatizing events such as witnessing domestic violence or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating; special understanding of non-traditional relationships; kink-aware professional

Young adult mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression

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

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

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Michael Gallagher is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $155 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $155

Therapist's note

Michael can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Winchester practice

1500 District Avenue

Burlington, MA 01803


  • Mon 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Sun 11:00am-8:00pm

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2018 - Present

Tewksbury State Hospital, 2012 - Present

Nova Psychiatric Services, 2015 - Present

Boston College, M.S.W., 2015

UMass Lowell, B.A. Psychology & Philosophy, 2012