I founded The Vichara Center as an intersection of psychological and meditation-based approaches to health and healing. This means I offer psychoanalytic psychotherapy, individualized meditation training, and/or a combination of both, with the aim of supporting your unique path in whatever way helps you most.
I know our capacity for joy, peace, healing, awareness, and change to be nearly infinite -- provided we have a strong desire and the right support. Psychotherapy and meditation, offered responsibly and empathically, can be exactly that support.
I'd love to join you on your journey.
"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are."
-- C. G. Jung
The Vichara Center offers two primary services, either individually or combined:
I'm a licensed psychoanalytic psychotherapist (LCSW-R) working with individuals, groups, and couples. I'm eclectically trained and adept at working with a range of traditional concerns, including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and end-of-life themes (such as mourning, pregnancy loss, and the dying process).
I specialize in nuanced work with high achievers, meditators, and creative professionals. That said, I believe the most important part of any effective treatment is the client-therapist alliance. If you instinctively suspect we'd be a good fit, you're probably right.
"And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
Meditation Instruction + Consultation
I'm also a certified meditation teacher with a decades-long personal practice and thorough training in a range of meditation traditions and techniques. My combined interest in psychology and meditation has led to a deep study of meditation mind-types and the different effects of various meditation techniques both on the brain generally, and in interaction with specific mental health conditions. While non-personalized group instruction and apps can be effective, not every meditation technique is appropriate for every person or group. This is where I come in.
I offer highly individualized meditation support and instruction to individuals who may be experiencing difficulty with their current practice, or who are interested in developing, honing, or deepening a personalized meditation practice.
Meditation can be an incredibly powerful and effective tool. I'm here to help you use it frictionlessly.
Marisa K. Mickel, LCSW-R
The Vichara Center
80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1004
New York, NY 10011
marisa (at) vicharacenter.com
Reach out to request a phone consultation, book a session or class, discuss an interview / speaking opportunity, or simply float a question. I'd love to hear from you.