Who is Ben Michaelis, PhD?

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Ben Michaelis, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, popular blogger for Huffington Post and Psychology Today, and the author of Your Next Big Thing: Ten Small Steps to Get Moving and Get Happy.  In his private practice Dr. Michaelis has worked with hundreds of patients, including entrepreneurs, authors, actors, musicians, artists, and executives to help them identify the obstacles that have been holding them back and to take action in order to move ahead in life.

In his book and dynamic keynote talks, Michaelis shares his proven strategies to take action: end monotonous routines and lead a life of purpose.  He is the author of numerous scholarly articles.  Michaelis’s popular blog on Huffington Post focuses on the importance of creativity in personal and professional growth.  Michaelis has been featured as a mental health expert on various radio and television programs such as multiple appearances on The Today Show, MSNBC, The Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, and publications including Parents magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, and Redbook, as well as many others.

Michaelis is a motivational psychologist. He believes that we are all meant to create. The passion and energy he brings to his keynote talks is the basis for his approach to psychological treatment with patients. He teaches audiences to discover their true selves, what they really need out of life – and how to take action. He provides audiences with a actionable plan to find the path right for them, face what’s holding them back, and break through the illusions that have been keeping them from a life of possibilities. Michaelis leaves audiences with the inspiration and power to conquer each of their personal and business goals and obtain the life they truly desire and deserve.

Michaelis grew up in Teaneck, N.J. among creative people from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds that fed his interest in theater arts, film, and self-discovery. He received an award from a Princeton University Science and Arts competition for a documentary film he created about racism in his hometown. This led him to enroll in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Illinois.  However, Michaelis realized that he “didn’t fit well into the culture of the school,” and dropped out.  Michaelis travelled to the Middle East before returning to college at Columbia University (Columbia College).  Michaelis graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University (Columbia College) in 1995 and was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa the same year.  After graduating, Michaelis worked at the Children’s Television Workshop (CTW) performing research with children for Sesame Street and The New Ghostwriter Mysteries.  After several years at CTW he felt the need to travel once again, this time to India and Nepal where he wrote, thought, and learned.

When he returned to the United States, Michaelis enrolled in the doctoral program at New York University.  He earned his Master’s Degree from NYU in 2001 and his Ph.D. in 2004. Michaelis was the recipient of a MacCracken Graduate Fellowship and was a teaching fellow at NYU in 2000 and 2001. He completed his clinical internship at New York University-Bellevue Hospital in 2004. Michaelis has been in private practice since 2005. He is the co-founder of the Clinicians Collective, New York City’s largest organization of clinicians providing service to the New York City community. He has served on the medical faculty of Lenox Hill Hospital and is currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University.  He lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY.

Practice Information

Ben’s private practice in Manhattan is focused on action-oriented approach to problem solving.  Although he was trained in a traditional model of psychotherapy, his techniques are informed by a variety of sources including traditional cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, dynamic psychotherapy, cross-cultural mythology, evolutionary psychology and biology, and the visual and dramatic arts.

Through using a blended approach in his practice, Ben helps his patients achieve a strong sense of self and balance.  Ben’s core philosophy is that in spite of any differences that exist between us, all humans fundamentally seek to have lives filled with play, purpose, love and meaningful work.

If you are interested in Ben’s private practice, please contact him using the form below:




Practice Address:

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.
920 Broadway
(between 20th and 21st Streets)
8th Floor, Suite 3
New York, NY 10010