Michael Mruz, LCSW, ACSW, MSW

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Treatment Specialties
Michael Mruz specializes in treating the following concerns: anxiety, stress, depression, grief and loss, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, addiction, relationship and marriage issues, divorce and separation issues of adults and children. He also treats children and adolescents with achievement struggles, anxiety, depression, or behavior problems. In addition, he has extensive experience in treating all types of post-traumatic stress disorders, whether arising from childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, car accidents, war or other sources.
Michael Mruz also consults with physicians throughout the tri-state region and accepts referrals from physicians, psychiatrists, school psychologists, social workers and counselors, as well as employee assistance programs and hospitals.
Credentials
Michael Mruz holds a graduate degree in clinical social work from Columbia University, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both New York and New Jersey, has met the qualifications of and is a member in good standing of the National Academy of Certified Social Workers.
In addition, he has had advanced training in Client-Centered Therapy, cognitive/behavioral strategies, Gestalt Therapy, existential psychology, Acceptance and Commitment-Based Therapy, Eastern Mindfulness Practices, psychoanalytic dynamics, Transactional Analysis, Bioenergetics, and Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples
Michael Mruz has also received advance training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Vipassana/Insight Meditation. He studied Mindfulness-Based Therapy and Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, and Saki Santorelli at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Retreats, as well as with Herbert Benson, MD, at the Harvard Medical School Mind Body Institute.
He has also been an active practitioner of Vipassana/Insight Meditation for over 15 years, having studied with Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Philip Moffit, Christopher Titmus, John Travis, Carol Wilson, Guy Armstrong, Steve Armstrong, Mary Grace-Ore, and other teachers at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA; Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA; Vipassana Meditation Foundation, Maui, Hawaii; and other retreat centers throughout the world.
Clinical and Supervisory Experience
In addition to his private practice, Michael Mruz has held clinical and supervisory positions at hospitals and treatment facilities in New York. He served as Director of Provider Relation, Clinical Supervisor, and Director of the Utilization Review Committee at the Center for Behavioral Therapy, White Plains, NY; as a Family Therapist at the Pleasantville Child Guidance Center, Pleasantville, New York; a Clinical Consultant for Paul Sherman & Associates, an executive healthcare management consulting firm in Rye, New York; Unit Supervisor and Clinician at the Phelps Hospital Mental Health Center, Tarrytown, NY; Supervisor and Clinical Director of the Short Stay Program, an inpatient substance abuse program at the Lower East Side Services Center in Manhattan, as well as their Crack and Cocaine Treatment Program Coordinator; Deputy Director, Clinical Supervisor and Clinician for the Psychiatric Services Center, a mental health clinic for children and adults and a substance abuse program, White Plains, NY.
He has also served as a field supervisor of graduate students at Iona College’s Graduate School in Counseling, New York University’s School of Nursing and Vocational Rehabilitation, and Columbia University’s School of Social Work.
Licenses & Certifications
LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker of New Jersey
LCSW-R – Licensed Clinical Social Worker of New York
ACSW – Academy of Certified Social Workers.
MSW – Masters of Social Work, Columbia University School of Social Work, NY, NY
Advanced Training – see credentials above.
Memberships – Anxiety Disorder Association of America, National Trauma Association, National Association of Social Workers, New York State Society of Clinical Social Workers.

Psychotherapy Treatment Philosophy
In my 25 years of experience in providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families I have witnessed, time and time again, the intrinsic ability each person has for healing and transformation that can be activated and supported through therapy. Recognition of this truth shapes my psychotherapy treatment philosophy.
My work is to assist you in this process, utilizing my advanced training in a variety of effective therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness therapy, to design and carry out a treatment plan to meet the specific needs of each client – individual, couple or family.
An Active, Collaborative Approach
I take an active role in the therapeutic process, which begins with discussion, exploration and clarification of your concerns in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment. In doing so, we look at habits and reactions to life – particularly emotions, thoughts, perceptions, reasoning, judgment and beliefs – in relation to one’s self and others. Through this ongoing dialog, to which I bring both active listening and acceptance, trust is built between therapist and client. In this atmosphere of trust, a supportive space is created where I can call upon therapeutic approaches, offer new perspectives, and provide professional guidance.
In this environment clients can acknowledge unproductive life patterns with clarity and compassionate awareness, free themselves from the grip of distorted beliefs and destructive emotions, and access their inherent capacity for wisdom, growth and change.
Therapy Customized to Each Individual
Throughout this process, I draw on my training in many effective modes of therapy – from Gestalt Therapy, cognitive/behavioral strategies, Client-Centered perspectives, commitment/acceptance-based approaches, and psychodynamic psychologies, as well as Eastern mindfulness practices and stress reduction techniques — to customize my approach to each individual’s needs. The result of this guidance is the activation of the individual’s own capacity for healing, change and transformation.
For more information on my psychotherapy treatment philosophy and approach to therapy
please check out Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, Integrative Psychotherapy and Mindfulness sections of this site, or contact me.


Michael’s Commitment to You
I will provide you with a safe, confidential and supportive space where you can explore your life, behaviors and emotions with acceptance and without judgment.
I will tailor the treatment to the individual or couple – each of which is unique in their life journey and struggles – choosing the approach best suited to bringing about the change and outcome you are seeking.
I will work collaboratively with you and offer guidance to assist you in accessing your own inner wisdom to heal yourself and transform your life. 


Michael Mruz Reaches

Bronxville NY
Scarsdale NY