Michael Alcee, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Tarrytown , NY

"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves" -Rilke 

Counseling with Me

How Therapy Helps

The process of therapy is like walking through a dimly lit house--our job together is to feel for the light switches and in the process, discover new aspects of your interior space. I will function as a guide and co-participant in this process, using the therapeutic relationship to help us further explore and illuminate these areas. As these things 'light up', you will find new ways of thinking and feeling about yourself, your relationships, and the world.

Who I Work With

I specialize in working with college and graduate students and have worked in college counseling for nearly 10 years. I especially enjoy working with those who are more introverted,sensitive, and/or artistic. Finally, I specialize in the psychology of men.

Making a Difference

My patients not only come away improving their lives and developing greater insight into how to live more creatively, they also have a lot of fun in the process!


Michael Alcee, Ph.D.


I received my bachelor's degree in Psychology and Biology from Williams College and my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Fordham Unviersity.  I have worked and trained as a college counselor for over 10 years, having held positions at Fordham University, Vassar College, Manhattanville College, and Ramapo College.  I have a passion for supervising and served as Training Coordinator for the externship and internship program at Ramapo college from 2009-2017. I have also taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Fordham, Manhattanville College, and Manhattan College.    


     Based in Tarrytown, NY, I am a clinical psychologist who does relational therapy with adults and specializes in work with college and graduate students. A lifelong appreciator of literature, music, and the arts, I greatly enjoy working with those who have a creative and artistic sensibility. I specialize in working with individuals who have introverted traits, those who are 'highly sensitive", and those with obsessive-compulsive disorder ( I did my dissertation on this topic), however my practice is geared toward helping all of my clients expand their creative potential and illuminating the relational patterns that lead to an expansion of fulfillment and well-being.   


     In addition to counseling, I also specialize in the supervision of graduate students and those in the process of accruing licensing hours. My goal is to help supervisees develop their therapeutic voice and expand their clinical repertoire.   


   I love speaking gigs where I can share my dynamic and creative approach to college counseling and wellness more generally. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses and have published in peer-reviewed journals on a variety of topics, including the psychology of masculinity, relational therapy and college counseling, and the psychology of introversion.


On a personal note, I think you will find me to be very thoughtful, attentive, and warm at the same time very focused and precise in zeroing in on what you are feeling or thinking that you never quite put words to. That process will be fulfilling, fun, and energizing!

My Blog

Posts coming soon!


Currently In Press in the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy


How to Fall in Love with Session Limits: Lessons from Poetry & Music


The Importance of a Male Presence in College Counseling 


Talks & Testimonials

January 2017

Helping Introverts Flourish in the 21st Century College Landscape 

Metro Counseling Center Conference, New York, NY.

May 2017

The Use of Meditative Methods in the Training of Psychology Interns 

Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists,

Ninth Annual Conference, Ramapo College of NJ 

June 2017

How to Improve the Campus Climate for Men

Counseling Centers of NY Annual Conference, Buffalo, NY

September 13, 2017

Supporting Interns in the Development of a Therapeutic Voice

Association for Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA) Annual Conference, Denver, CO

October 12, 2017

Reaching In and Reaching Out: Navigating the Personal In Academic Writing 

National Confernce on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Hofstra University

November 10, 2017

How to be a Good Double Agent: Working at the Interface of the Academic & the Personal

 International Writing Centers Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL 

Speaking Testimonials

  I am writing in support of Michael Alcee as he endeavors to bring his knowledge and wisdom to a wider audience through the TEDTalk format. Over the past several years I have had the opportunity to hear Michael speak and lead workshops at professional conferences on topics ranging from the use of metaphor in counseling to doing group counseling with introverts to addressing the healthy and unhealthy ways we address, present, and discuss men, male culture, and society. When Michael told me he was looking into presenting within the TEDTalk format it immediately struck me as a natural fit.

When I think of successful TEDTalks I think of Brene Brown. I think of mastery of material. I think of someone who has the capacity to see life, or some aspect thereof, through a unique lens and share that lens with their audience. I think of healthy use of self. I think of timing, of pace, of tone of voice. I think of the unifying effect of appropriate humor. I very easily think of Michael Alcee.

I do not say this lightly. I have worked as a trainer who has developed my own workshops as well as presented established curricula. I am experienced at presenting to large and small audiences. I have viewed Michael’s work with the discerning eye of a practitioner. Michael quickly establishes rapport with his audiences, communicates how the material to be presented is relevant to them, and how engaging the material can help make their lives/jobs more fulfilling, easier, and or more interesting.

I strongly support Michael’s endeavors to reach a wider audience through TEDTalks and look forward to the good that can come of it.

Joseph F. Cloidt, LMHC
Senior Counselor
SUNY Purchase College  

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