Hi, I'm Michael Koetting, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York City.

I provide individual, couples, and family psychotherapy using an affirmative and strengths-based therapy approach.

By pulling from a framework of dynamic, analytic, cognitive/behavioral, and trauma informed models, I develop an individualized psychotherapy process for each person.

  • My primary speciality is working with gay men and sexuality issues.

    Practice Areas

    • Gay Men's Issues
    • Couples Therapy and Relationship Issues (Couples in Crisis)
    • Performing & Creative Artist Concerns
    • Depression, Low Confidence, and Self-Esteem Issues
    • Anxiety & Stress
    • Loss & Bereavement
    • Caretakers Caring for Elderly Parents & Relatives
    • People Living with HIV & AIDS
    • HIV-Negative Gay Men's Issues
    • Sexual Problems β€” Out of Control Sexual Behaviors
    • Gender Affirming Surgery β€” WPATH Standards of Care
    • Drugs & Alcohol
    • Sexual Abuse & Other Traumas


    Because psychotherapy focuses on growth, I utilize an affirmative therapy approach that is based on each person's unique mental health needs. By pulling from a framework of dynamic, analytic, and cognitive and behavioral techniques, I develop an individualized psychotherapy process for each person. Depending on the nature of one's issues, psychotherapy can be short term or longer term.


    I received my graduate training at New York University School of Social Work and post-graduate training at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center in Manhattan. I have also received post-graduate training and supervision in couples and family therapy and cognitive and behavioral therapeutic techniques. I was awarded a Post-Master's Certificate in "End of Life Care" from NYU and the Soros Open Society Institute.

    Writing & Teaching

    In addition to providing psychotherapy with clients, for seven years, I served as Consulting Editor for Social Work, the Journal of the National Association of Social Workers, on the psychological issues pertaining to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Communities, Couples in Crisis, HIV and AIDS, End of Life Care, Loss and Bereavement, and Chronic and Terminal Medical Illnesses. I have also taught continuing education workshops and provided supervision to mental health professionals on the psychological treatment of gay men's issues, the psychological and spiritual aspects of pain management and chronic illnesses, and geriatric care issues.


    I am an active member of the following professional organizations:

    • Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA)
    • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
    • New York State Society for Clinical Social Work (NYSSCSW)