Michelle  Pesca

Michelle Pesca

Psychologist, PhD
New York Accepting Online
Suffolk County Accepting In-person
Updated October 20, 2020

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Mindfulness
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • ADHD

Professional statement

As both a licensed psychologist and BCBA, Dr. Pesca specializes in the areas of anxiety and stress management, life transitions, interfering behaviors and parenting challenges. She sees individuals with generalized and specific anxiety, OCD, perfectionism, ADHD, skill deficits, and a wide range of childhood behavioral issues. Dr. Pesca sees children, teens, and adults, and also welcomes family sessions.

With over 20 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities, Dr. Pesca places strong emphasis on the development of social, coping, and problem-solving skills. She utilizes behavioral, cognitive-behavioral (CBT and ACT), and mindfulness-based approaches in her practice. Dr. Pesca works with her clients to actively identify and work through their current environmental barriers, and to change unproductive response patterns.

Dr. Pesca provides a warm and nonjudgemental environment for clients to work on their therapeutic goals. Her sessions are individually tailored to support each client as they work toward building and maintaining the life they visualize.

Dr. Pesca attended Binghamton University, Queens College, and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her office is conveniently located off of Veteran's Highway in Holbrook. In addition to private practice, Dr. Pesca is an adjunct professor in the Child Study department at St. Joseph's College.


Message to clients

When you begin therapy, you begin the path to wellness and leading the life you visualize. I believe that therapy should be a solution-oriented and collaborative process, where the goals are measurable and the intervention is research-based. Your values will directly impact the development of these goals and we will review progress at scheduled points to ensure you are comfortable and benefiting from the therapeutic process.


Specialties

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

Mindfulness - Developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present

Autism spectrum disorder - Support understanding the diagnosis and related challenges and strengths; skill-building in areas of daily routine, transitions, coping with overwhelming sensory experiences, social skills, and emotion identification and regulation

College & graduate student 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

ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Michelle Pesca 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: $150 (50min)
  • Initial session: $180 (60min)

Therapist's note

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


Location(s)

Suffolk County practice
321 Dante Court, Ste 28, Holbrook, NY 11741
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Tue 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Wed 9:30am-4:00pm
  • Thu 9:30am-7:30pm
  • Fri 9:30am-7:30pm
  • 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 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Tue 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Wed 9:30am-4:00pm
  • Thu 9:30am-7:30pm
  • Fri 9:30am-7:30pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2017 - Present
St. Joseph's College, Adjunct Professor , 2016 - Present
School and Home-based Behavioral Consultation, 2007 - 2017
Queens College, Teaching Fellowship, 2005 - 2008

CUNY Graduate Center, Ph.D., 2011
CUNY Graduate Center, MPhil, 2008
Queens College, M.A., 2006
Binghamton University, B.A., 2002


Languages

English