I founded The Vichara Center as an intersection of psychological and meditation-based approaches to health and healing. This means I offer conventional 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) 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
The Vichara Center
marisa (at) vicharacenter.com
80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1004
New York, NY 10011
The Carriage House
8 Marion Avenue
Cold Spring, NY 10516
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.