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michael gilman. licsw. acsw

psychotherapist. consultant. educator.

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with over 20 years of professional experience with individuals, families and organizations.  I view my role as a consultant or coach for people in developing their own abilities to take on the challenges and opportunities presented to them.  I utilize a family systems perspective developed by Dr. Murray Bowen. I believe that family experiences shape our thinking about relationships and how we function in them.  

Understanding the dynamics and patterns in which individuals engage can lead to better self management in relationships --whether in families, marriages, partnerships or in the workplace. I think that as individuals increase their level of self awareness they become better equipped to navigate the challenges presented to them.  When individuals put efforts into changing themselves I believe that interesting and creative ways of addressing challenges begin to emerge. Managing self requires the ability to find ways to step back from the moment to gain a broader perspective, to gather facts, to strengthen one’s knowledge, and to think through a plan of action. 

In my clinical practice, I work with adolescents, adults, families and couples.  My clinical interests include health, nutrition, anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, sexual orientation and gender identity.  My consulting work is directed towards for-profit and non-profit organizations and includes individuals in leadership as well as with staff and Boards of Directors.  My work for educational institutions has included speaking engagements at state and national levels as well as with local community groups and schools.  I am an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Vermont and have taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in social work and counseling.

appointments and fees
Psychotherapy appointments are generally 50 minutes in length.  My fee ranges from $125.00 to $150.00 (for more details please contact me.)  I do accept most insurances.  Please see the "rates and insurance" page for information you are responsible for gathering from your insurance company.  I do have a sliding fee scale for individuals without insurance.  Deductibles and copayments are due at the time of each session.  
If you need to cancel an appointment I do require 24-hours notice, so that I can schedule people waiting for appointments.  If you do not give enough notice or miss the appointment, you will be charged a $75.00 fee.   

Fees for organizational consultation and education can be discussed directly with me.

online scheduling
For Current/Returning Clients - please use the link below to access my online schedule to set up an appointment.  You will need to contact me first, so that I can set you up to access the system before using this link to my online schedule.  Once I email you a link then you can create a password, which will allow you access this system.  Please do not sign up as a new client. 

For New Clients -
please call me or contact me via email below to schedule an initial appointment.  I ask you to do this to make sure that I am taking on new clients, that I am able to be of help to you and to make sure that I can bill your insurance if using one.  Once we have spoken via phone or email then you can use the online scheduling.  The online schedule does not allow me to edit the link, so even though there is a button for "New Clients", I want you to be in touch with me first. 

Click here to access online schedule:

michaelgilman.clientsecure.me

I have recently made changes to the online scheduling system that I am using. Again, if you are a current or returning client and interested in this option you need to speak with me directly to get set up to access the schedule.  Thank you for your patience during this process.



NOTE:  If you do not get an email reply from me within 24 hours, please email me directly at michaelgilman@optimavt.org or call at 802-658-4888. 

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