The Center for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy of New York and New Jersey

Mike Femenella, Ph.D.
Founder and Director

Mike was also a special education teacher serving students of all ages who were struggling with behavioral issues. He was the coordinator of the day treatment program for children and adolescents at Staten Island Mental Health for 15 years. He worked with families, teachers, clinicians and students to create a therapeutic milieu that permeated all aspects of the students' lives.

Mike has been engaged in clinical work for over 45 years.  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has been the primary treatment modality used in his private practice since 2001. He has served as an ACT consultant to the Veterans Administration, training and supervising over 50 VA clinicians. Mike is a founding fellow and past president of the NYC chapter of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science, a worldwide organization dedicated to the alleviation of human suffering. He is the originator and facilitator of the NYC-ACBS ACT study-practice group which is open  to all clinicians in the NYC area who are looking to enhance their ACT skills. He has presented numerous ACT workshops for professional organizations and universities.

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