The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. – Carl Rogers
Michael G. Mruz, Scarsdale Psychotherapist
Michael Mruz has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 25 years, with a private practice in Westchester. He also lectures and presents training workshops on a variety of mental health subjects for both professionals and the general public.
The hallmarks of Michael Mruz’s therapeutic work are his dedication to serving his clients and his commitment to providing a safe, confidential space where clients can explore feelings and emotions without judgment and are guided to access their own inner capacity for wisdom, growth and change.
His extensive training in a wide range of effective therapeutic modalities gives him the expertise to thoroughly assess each client’s situation and design a treatment approach for that individual, couple or family.
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.
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.