Call Us At (646) 780-8278
All Days 9:00 to 5:00
116 West 23rd Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10011
Love Light Mental Health Counseling Services, PLLC
Mr. Michael C. Gardner
Mental Health Counselor, MS, MHC-LP

Verified by Therapy For Black Men
(855) 400-5683

Accepting new clients?: Yes
Remote therapy available?: Yes
Can prescribe medication?: No

Office Hours: Please inquire.

Last school: Alfred University , Masters of Science, School Counseling & Certificate in Mental Health Counseling , 2015
License(s): Supervised by Sherene S. Henry 012789-New York
NPI Number: 1588334478

Cost per session: $100 to $175
Average cost per session: $150
Sliding scale pricing?: Yes
Free initial phone consultation?: Yes
Free initial face to face consultation?: No
Payment methods accepted:
  • ACH Bank Transfer
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Health Savings Account
  • Mastercard
  • Zelle

Insurance types accepted:
  • Aetna
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Empire BlueCross BlueShield
  • Optum
  • Oxford
  • Private Pay
  • United Healthcare
  • Out-of-network (Does not accept any health insurance)
  • 1199 SEIU National Benefit Fund

Insurance Note: Depending on your current health insurance provider or employee benefit plan, it is possible for services to be covered in full or in part. Please contact your provider to verify how your plan compensates you for psychotherapy services. We recommend asking these questions to your insurance provider to help determine your benefits: Does my health insurance plan include mental health benefits? Does it cover Telehealth appointments? Do I have a deductible for Telehealth? If so, what is it and have I met it yet? Does my plan limit how many sessions per calendar year I can have? If so, what is the limit? Do I need written approval from my primary care physician in order for services to be covered? We also accept out of network benefits. You may qualify for reimbursement from your insurance company.

  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family

Age specialty:
  • Adolescents and Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)

I offer special insights for client's of the following ethnicity:
  • Black
  • Hispanic and Latino
  • Other Racial or Ethnic Background

Languages spoken:
  • English

My name is Michael C. Gardner and I am a Limited Permit Mental Health Counselor.

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Science in Education with a focus on School Counseling, and received my Certificate of Advanced Study in Mental Health Counseling. I have worked in the Foster Care System with New York Foundling, focusing on adolescents in crisis. I have worked at Mount Sinai Hospital as a Care Coordinator in the Health Home Program, focusing on adults suffering from inadequate care of physical and mental health. I spent the last seven years working in New York City Department of Education High Schools helping teens find their voice in and out of the classroom.

I’ve gained knowledge of different therapeutic techniques such as Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Functional Family Therapy, Reality Therapy, and more. I also have knowledge of NYC school systems and ways to navigate them using Social Emotional Learning. I have knowledge of Career Counseling, Mental Health First Aid, LBGTQIA+ advocacy and more.

I am happy to have received my Limited Permit, which puts me one step closer to licensure and owning my own therapy practice. I’d like to continue to give back to the community in different ways, offering as many resources as possible to help individuals better themselves.

A little more about me… I have steadily attended therapy for the last 3 years. I usually have a game like Jenga, a card deck, or cup pong etc. on me wherever I go. In my free time, I like reading, learning more about myself and different ways I can grow. Lastly, I would really love to learn to play an instrument.

Love Light Mental Health Counseling Services, PLLC has given me the platform to use my eclectic skills to provide Love in places where it’s hard to find and Light at the end of the tunnel for all those in need. If you’d like to work with me, please use the contact button below to fill out a consultation form or schedule a free meeting with a member of our intake team. I look forward to working with you!

Professional Disclosure Statement

Qualifications: I have completed my graduate education and field work experience which has satisfied the requirements of the New York State Education Department. I am qualified to work as a Mental Health Counselor under the supervision of a Licensed Professional Counselor. I am accruing clinical hours toward full, independent licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Supervision: I practice under the supervision of Sherene S. Henry, MS, LMHC, NCC (#012789). Supervision is utilized to develop the counselor’s range of clinical interventions in the counseling profession, through case review, discussion, shadowing, and note review. It is a place to become a competent practitioner by developing the necessary skills and practice of counseling. Supervisors are bound to the same level of confidentiality as the treating clinician.

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Life Transitions
  • Men's Issues
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Peer Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Stress
  • Trauma and PTSD
Treatment orientation:
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Family / Marital
  • Psychodynamic
  • Reality Therapy

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