Mike Cotayo is a psychotherapist in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York. He sees clients navigating addiction, trauma, and borderline personality disorder. He is also trained as a Gestalt therapist, grounded in the belief that healing happens when individuals look inwards.
Mike works from a strengths-based perspective, consistently reminding clients how much they have survived and normalizing their experiences and beliefs to help facilitate growth and cultivate hope. He also believes deeply in a client’s self-determination, respecting their choices throughout treatment and allowing them to take the lead on issues that arise, including whether or not to consider medication as an option.
Mike has worked extensively with individuals navigating addiction and recovery, drawing from motivational interviewing and harm reduction modalities to keep clients engaged and safe. Mike himself has been sober for over a decade and considers his personal history with addiction to be helpful in his work. Mike also enjoys working with clients with borderline personality disorder, helping individuals understand the impact their behaviors can have on their interpersonal relationships, educational attainment, and work-life. The goal is to help them explore how pervasive these issues are and how best to work through them.
Mike’s style blends sharp clinical skills with a keen sense of humor. He received his MSW from New York University and completed advanced training in Gestalt therapy. Mike identifies strongly with his social work training and has held positions in community settings working with individuals navigating substance use challenges, HIV, sexual violence, and borderline personality disorder. Mike is excited to welcome new clients to his practice, accessible by the 1, C, and E trains.