Michael  Kariyev

Michael Kariyev

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Not accepting new clients in Upper West Side practice (updated December 05, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Relationship counseling
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic disorders
  • LGBTQIA and sexuality topics

Professional statement

Michael Kariyev is a licensed clinical social worker with private practices in the Upper West Side of Manhattan and Woodmere, Long Island. He works with adults, couples, and children, and uses a blend of treatment approaches to provide his clients with trauma-informed care. In addition to his trauma work, Michael also supports clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, family conflict, and relationship issues.

Michael draws from a wide range of modalities to engage them in an appropriate therapy for their experiences and goals. He may use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for a client who is new to therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for a client with a trauma history, and psychodynamic work to ground clients and talk through their interests and experiences, or he may combine approaches. He also enjoys using art and sand therapy for both children and adults, particularly when clients are having a hard time expressing themselves verbally.

Michael has received extensive post-masters training, including training in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and culturally competent mental health care. He received his Masters in Social Work from Long Island University.

Message to clients

My focus in treatment is to provide you with the lead modalities in helping you achieve your goals and be the most authentic ‘you.’ What people discover in therapy is a whole new life underneath the ‘symptoms’ and ‘labels’ that they have carried around, often for years. A therapeutic alliance is essential in therapy and therefore an initial phone consult is offered to make sure that this is the right fit for you.
I strive to make a thorough assessment for your individual needs and help you ‘dig deep’ into what the barriers that are holding you back from living your truest self. I specialize in trauma, anxiety and depressive disorders, family conflict and relationship issues.
My therapeutic modalities include CBT, DBT, EMDR, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (marriage and couples work) and Art Therapy.


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

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

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 through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Panic disorders - Building coping skills to identify and manage triggers; explore underlying causes related to feelings of panic

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

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $175 (45min)

Therapist's note

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


Upper West Side practice

25 Central Park West

Suite 1U

New York, NY 10023

  • Mon 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private practice, 2015 - Present

Interborough Consultation Center, 2014 - 2016

Long Island University, MSW., 2013


  • English

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