Michali friedman, lcsw-C

Passionate About Helping Others Transform

I started Embrace Therapy because I believe in the beauty, sanctity, peace, and healing power of relationships.  This belief is at the core of why I am so passionate about my work - it is so profoundly meaningful to witness individuals and couples transform into the best versions of themselves so that they can experience true fulfillment and contentment in their relationships.

Embrace Therapy exists for the sole purpose of teaching people how to thrive in their relationships - both with others and with themselves.  I've trained through Gottman Institute as well as became an NYU certified Sex Therapist so that my expertise matches this passion. 

 

Because the topic of sex and intimacy is particularly taboo in the Jewish community, I've attained specialized training at the Nishmat Kallah Teaching program to best serve the Jewish population.  This training has enabled me to teach sexuality and Jewish law to brides as well as maintain a culturally-sensitive therapeutic approach to the nuances in different religious perspectives and cultures.

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Certifications
  • NYU Sex Therapy Certification, New York University

  • Level II Training Gottman Couples Therapy, Gottman Institute

  • Group Therapy Certification, Fordham University

  • Board Certified Supervisor, Maryland

  • SIFI Supervision Certification, Fordham University

  • Clinical Licensure in Social Work, New York and Maryland

  • Master's Degree in Social Work, Fordham University

  • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Thomas Edison University

Qualifications
  • Intimacy & Sexuality Training

  • Safety Kids Training, Aleinu

  • Digital Citizenship Training

  • FEGS Self-Esteem Training

Affiliations
  • OK Clarity

  • Frum Therapist

  • Nefesh International

Rivka Cohen, LMSW

I went into this field to help people become the best they can be, to help them gain awareness and tap into their greatest potential.  People have the innate power of developing themselves for the better given the right tools, and watching my clients do the deep work necessary to make real changes is a true inspiration.

 

We are capable of far more in our relationships than we know.  Too often, we think of love, relationships, and intimacy as something out of our control - we are who we are, and our partners are who they are. However, the transformative power of therapy is enormous and helping people develop the tools they need to better their lives and their relationships is a truly meaningful experience.

 

It takes courage to challenge ourselves to grow, and we are here to help you take that step. Both you, and your relationship, have the power to take the next step! 

 

Before joining Embrace Therapy, I worked as a clinical social worker at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s services as well as the director of counseling and social emotional programming at HAFTR High School.

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Certifications
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety 

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy

  • Brief Strategic Therapy 

  • Masters degree of Social Work, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

  • Bachelors degree in Psychology, CUNY Queens college

Qualifications
  • Digital citizenship training 

  • FEGS Self-Esteem training

  • Safety kid training, Aleinu 

Affiliations
  • Nefesh International