Michael Guglielmino, LCSW LLC
I believe all people deserve to feel their best and realize their true potential. The individuals, couples, and families that come to me for therapy are down and out, riddled with anxiety and conflict, and looking for a new lease on life. Using my years of experience and training and a variety of specialized skills and techniques, I help each of my clients find the strength within to overcome these personal challenges. I partner with my clients to remove the obstacles to happiness and inner peace and to rediscover the lives they want to live and to live them vibrantly! I build strong therapeutic relationships with my clients and this relationship serves as the springboard for positive change.
I love to learn about people's stories and what makes them tick. Helping my clients through their struggles and seeing them realize their true potential is very gratifying. I especially like it when I see angry, wounded, and conflict-ridden individuals, couples, and families begin to enjoy healthier and more satisfying intimacy in their relationships once again.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to screen prospective clients by phone to determine whether I am the right therapist for the kinds of issues a client, couple, or family bring to me. I normally am able to provide an appointment for an assessment within a few days of a phone screening. After I complete a thorough assessment, which can take up to 3 visits, I collaborate with my clients in making a treatment plan, or I connect my clients with needed services.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have an MSW from Rutgers and am licensed as a clinical social worker in New Jersey. I participate in ongoing professional training to remain current with best practices. I am a certified hypnotherapist and and have recently attended many workshops and trainings on trauma-focused therapy.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.
I am in several insurance networks: Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and am participating with Medicare (Part B). If I am not in a particular insurance network, I am open to single case agreements to keep costs manageable. I provide sliding scale fees for those without insurance, or those who prefer not to use their insurance.
How did you get started in this business?
My sister experienced a mental health crisis when I was in college and this stimulated my interest in the field. My first job was in a a day treatment program for people with mental illness and substance abuse problems. There I learned I had a natural affinity for helping others.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Over my 30+ years of doing therapy, I have worked with a wide variety of people struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and addiction issues which contributed to related problems in their significant relationships.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I saw a couple that I was treating come to understand they were compatible and begin to reinvest in their marital relationship when they were at the precipice of separation. They were so grateful for the work I did with them and this really touched my heart.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?
The decision about therapy is an important one and selecting the right therapist is critical to the success of your therapy. Check out the background, qualifications, and experience of the therapist before you hire him or her. You should get a good feeling about the therapist through the way s/he responds to your request for service and during the initial telephone screening.
What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?
One of the most significant questions I believe a person seeking therapy should ask him/herself is why I want to see a female or a male therapist. Are you looking to be comfortable in therapy or to grow beyond what is uncomfortable for you? If you are a man or women that would feel more comfortable seeing a female therapist and are ready to address traumatic experiences and trust issues with men, it might be best to choose a competent male therapist who can help you to understand and work through your issues with men.