Michaela  Turnbull

Michaela Turnbull


Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online
Updated July 19, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Body image
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma
  • Perfectionism

Professional statement

Michaela ("Chaela") Turnbull is a New York based psychotherapist and social worker. She specializes in working with emerging adults and adults of all ages and genders. Chaela is a trauma informed, sex-positive provider with extensive training in behavioral therapies, which she integrates flexibly to support each client’s individualized goals and needs. In session, Chaela's style is genuine and non-judgmental, and she strives to approach all clinical concerns from a place of curiosity and compassion.

Chaela has experience working in a variety of different clinical environments including sexual and reproductive health care, college mental health, intensive outpatient programming for eating disorders, and group practice settings. She has particular experience working with women, LGBTQIA+ folks, college and graduate students, artists and creators, as well as survivors of trauma. Chaela's approach is client-centered and anti-racist. She is a fat-positive provider and approaches eating disorders and body image concerns from a Health at Every Size (HAES) framework.

Chaela believes that therapy works best when folks feel comfortable, connected, and understood by their provider. The process starts by scheduling a free consultation call with the practice's intake coordinator. That call is a good opportunity to get answers to any questions you might have and explore scheduling possibilities.

Chaela provides all therapy sessions by video at this time.

Message to clients

Hello, and thank you for being here! I understand how vulnerable the experience of opening up to a new person can be - particularly if you’re struggling with feelings of shame, anxiety, or self-doubt. Whatever difficulties you may be facing, I hope to create a space where you can feel comfortable showing up authentically and speaking freely. I wish you all the best with whatever comes next, and hope to connect with you soon! **please feel free to schedule a free consultation call with our intake coordinator and mention my profile**


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

Body image - Development of skills for handling negative thoughts about physical appearance; building habits of more positive self-talk and self-perception.

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions

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

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

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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $160 - $200


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 12pm - 6pm
  • Tue 1pm - 7pm
  • Wed 11am - 5pm
  • Thu 10am - 4pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 5 years

Tanner Therapy - Private Practice , Psychotherapist , 2022 - Present
Columbus Park - Eating Disorder Experts , Psychotherapist , 2019 - 2021
NYU Counseling & Wellness Services , Clinical Intern - DBT Team , 2018 - 2019
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York , Counseling & Research - Paraprofessional , 2015 - 2018

Columbia School of Social Work , MSW, 2019


New York: 110079