Michael Balaschi, LICSW
“It is important to help youth to develop resilience and emotional intelligence in this ever-challenging society.”
Michael’s optimistic perspective on life permeates his work, encouraging clients to use psychotherapy approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy mixed with psychoeducation and mindfulness. Michael has helped individuals recovering from trauma and those working on issues related to ADHD, anxiety, and depression.
Background & Qualifications
Michael Balaschi, MSW, LICSW, is a dedicated clinician committed to meeting the needs of adolescents, young adults, and families with whom he works. His optimistic perspective on life permeates his work, encouraging clients through his use of 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 initially worked as an Intensive Care Coordinator for the Justice Resource Institute. Then he served as the Co-Director of the Social Skills Program and as an Emergency Support Counselor at the Bridge Center in Bridgewater, MA, where he worked with children with 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 Co-lead of the Student Support Team at an alternative charter school. Now, he is expanding his work as he offers individual and family therapy at the Center.
These experiences have taught Michael the importance of helping youth 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 and 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 adolescents, young adults, and families.