Michael Balaschi, MSW, LICSW is a dedicated clinician who is committed to meeting the needs of the children, adolescents and families with whom he works. His optimistic perspective on life permeates his work, encouraging clients through his use psychotherapy approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy mixed with psychoeducation and mindfulness. Through these tools he pursues a client centered approach to establishing healthy therapeutic relationships.
Michael has worked in a range of therapeutic settings as he pursued his Master’s Degree in Social Work. He worked as an Intensive Care Coordinator for the Justice Resource Institute, followed by serving as the Co-Director of the Bridge Center in Bridgewater, MA, where he worked with children experiencing Autism Spectrum Disorders. He also worked as a clinician at an agency tasked with reducing the impact of addiction. Michael’s love of work with children and adolescents brought him to work as a school-based clinician in the Plymouth schools. He continues to work as a school social worker at a therapeutic charter school. Now, he is expanding his work as he offers individual and family therapy at the Center.
All these experiences have taught Michael of the importance of helping youth to develop resilience and emotional intelligence by strengthening their identity and becoming comfortable with their own individual perspectives in this ever-challenging society. Michael has helped individuals recovering from trauma, as well as those working on issues related to ADHD, anxiety and depression.
Michael earned his bachelor’s degree at Southern New Hampshire University in 2012, followed by his Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) in 2015 from the University of Southern California (USC). All his life, work, and educational experiences combine to inform his holistic approach to work with children, adolescents and families.