Michael  Kinsey

Michael Kinsey

Psychologist, PhD
New York Accepting Online
Upper West Side Not Accepting In-person
Updated October 20, 2020

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Personality disorders
  • Relationships
  • Parenting

Professional statement

Dr. Michael Kinsey is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist based in New York City. He is trained in Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Psychoanalysis/Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Existential Psychotherapy, and Attachment-based Interventions.

Dr. Kinsey works with clients — adults, children, couples, and groups — both as part of a mental health collective and through his own private practice. He has comprehensive knowledge of the causes of and treatments for anxiety, depression, psychosis, and various psychological traumas.

Dr. Kinsey also has extensive experience helping patients develop better relationships with friends and family, and with themselves. He has an intense scholarly interest in the mind, but his foremost goal is to help patients discover their own potential for honesty, courage, and curiosity, especially in the face of increasing adversity.

After receiving his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research, Dr. Kinsey was a postdoctoral fellow at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York and the Williamsburg Therapy Group in Brooklyn. He has also trained in the World Trade Center Mental Health Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, The Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, and the Baruch College Counseling Center. In addition to running his own practice, Dr. Kinsey is currently a staff psychologist at the Williamsburg Therapy Group. He has also taught several undergraduate and graduate psychology courses. In 2010, he won the APA Excellence in Psychology Award.

In order to make complex psychological challenges more relatable, Dr. Kinsey presents them from multiple perspectives through the lenses of art and literature, myth and metaphor, symbols, linguistics, and etymology. His methods help patients come to terms with their disparate symptoms and find their hidden connections, and realize that immense growth can come from working through their suffering.

Dr. Kinsey approaches his work with a playful curiosity, and encourages patients to indulge their own in their sessions. Mental health is serious, and traumas can have far-reaching ramifications, but by delving into the mind with his patients, he reveals a playground with endless mysteries to explore. As they solve these mysteries together, patients learn to strengthen their minds and broaden their perspectives.


Message to clients

Trust your gut.  If something in my profile speaks to you, reach out and we'll set up a time to meet.

You'll know in the first hour whether I get your struggle and if the vision I have for your treatment aligns with yours.


Specialties

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

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

Personality disorders - Support reducing emotional suffering and addressing relationship challenges

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

Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support




Clientele

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

Insurance

  • FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)

Therapist's note

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


Location(s)

Upper West Side practice
51 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024
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 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-8:00pm
  • 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 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice , 2019 - Present
Williamsburg Therapy Group , 2019 - Present
Lenox Hill Hospital, 2017 - 2019

The New School for Social Research, PhD, 2018
Northwestern University, BA, 2003


Languages

English