Embrace Yourself. Embrace Each Other. Embrace Life.
Michali Friedman, LCSW's style🥇 Empowering 💙 Warm 🌎 Holistic 💡 Solution-oriented 🧘 Calm
Why Michali Friedman, LCSW chose to be in the helping profession
As a psychotherapist, my motivation stems from the inspiration I experience when witnessing profound shifts and transformations in people's lives. I'm in complete awe of these moments, and it's what truly drives me. Now, let me assure you, there's absolutely no pressure involved!
When a client, a fellow human being, enters my virtual office, I approach the situation with no expectations or assumptions about who they are or what their goals should be. That's not my role as a therapist, nor is it anyone else's place to make such judgments.
When I speak of finding inspiration in transformation, I'm referring to the beauty of seemingly small things that hold significant meaning. It could be as simple as learning to say "no" when we tend to say "yes" too often, embracing self-compassion instead of self-criticism for our mistakes, or summoning the courage to confront our fears and shame surrounding intimacy or our bodies.
Teaching these essential life skills, whether in the realms of dating, communication, problem-solving, or sexuality, is my responsibility. Yet, it's my clients who face the real challenge of learning and applying these skills to their daily lives. Witnessing their efforts, their bravery, their determination, and their strength is truly inspiring.
Some may view being a psychotherapist as a gloomy profession, asking, "How can you listen to people's problems all day?" But for me, it's quite the opposite. I see it as a privilege to sit across from another human being, delving into their inner world, and supporting their growth and transformation, one step at a time. That's precisely why I became a therapist in the first place.
Michali Friedman, LCSW's approach
Collaboration is the cornerstone of my therapy approach. I believe in working together with my clients to identify goals, increase awareness of patterns that impact these goals, and develop the necessary skills for achieving them.
Thankfully, I have access to a range of therapeutic modalities. Whether it's psychodynamics, emotionally focused therapy, solution-focused therapy, internal family systems, or sex therapy, I can draw from various approaches. This flexibility allows me to integrate different modalities based on what each person needs at the appropriate time.
I strive to tailor the therapy experience to each client's unique needs and preferences. Rather than fitting individuals into a rigid framework, I adapt the therapeutic toolbox to suit their specific circumstances. This personalized approach ensures a more effective and meaningful therapeutic journey, where growth and positive change can flourish.
What you can expect from sessions with Michali Friedman, LCSW
The bond between a therapist and client is known as a therapeutic relationship, and it defines how I approach each session. The term "therapeutic" highlights the professional aspect of our work at Embrace Therapy. We are dedicated to continuously learning and adopting new tools and strategies to serve our clients better.
The term "relationship" signifies that we genuinely connect with each client, with all the feelings, boundaries, and dynamics that come with it. Therapeutic relationships offer a unique opportunity for clients to experience what it feels like to be in a healthy relationship. Within this safe and supportive context, individuals can grow and evolve.
By fostering trust and respect in our therapeutic relationships, I aim to create an environment where clients can truly benefit from genuine connections. Together, we navigate the therapeutic journey, promoting personal growth, self-discovery, and lasting positive change.
Michali Friedman, LCSW's experience working with the Jewish community
In my experience working with the Jewish community, I have made it my priority to provide sensitive support to individuals from diverse backgrounds. As a mental health professional, I understand and appreciate the unique aspects, strengths, and challenges that individuals within the Jewish community may face. It is important to me that I approach my work without making assumptions based on religion or family traditions. Instead, I deeply respect and understand how our religious beliefs can profoundly influence our lives.
In my practice, I create a safe and inclusive space where clients can explore their identity and mental well-being within the context of their religious background. I value the significance of religious factors in shaping individuals' experiences and perspectives. This awareness allows me to provide personalized support that fully integrates their religious identities.
I am committed to being responsive and considerate of each client's unique background. By understanding the religious dimensions of their lives, I can effectively address their specific needs and experiences. Whether working with individuals from the Jewish community or diverse backgrounds, I strive to provide the utmost respect, understanding, and support throughout their therapeutic journey.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
- Gottman Method
- Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Life Coaching
- Motivational Interviewing
- Person-Centered Therapy
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
- Supervision Services
People I work withAdults Individuals Couples Groups
Personal religious affiliationsModern Orthodox
Jewish community experienceExtensive
Baltimore, MD, USA, Baltimore, Maryland
10 years in practice
Licensed to work in Maryland, New York
- LCSW by State of New York. License number 084948
- LCSW-C, by State of Maryland, 2019,. License number 25220
- Sex Therapy Certification by New York University
- Group Therapy by Fordham University
- Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) by Fordham University ,