Daniel Smigiel,Mental Health Counselor

Daniel Smigiel,Mental Health Counselor

Telehealth Available
Professions: Life Coach, Counselor, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Tsao Leon, LMHC #012758
Primary Credential: Mental Health Counselor -Limited Permit - 18-p11457
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon
  • Cigna
  • Emblem Health
  • Empire Plan
  • GHI
  • NYSHIP Empire Plan
  • Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
  • United Health Care
  • United Healthcare Student Resources
Fees: I offer a free 15 minute consultation and offer a sliding scale of $85 per session. I am strictly offering telehealth sessions at this time.
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


New York , New York 10314

My Approach to Helping

As a therapist, I believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every individual. My philosophy is rooted in humanistic principles, which prioritize the unique experiences, strengths, and potential for growth within each person.

I view therapy as a collaborative journey, where you and I will work together in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. I strive to create a safe space where you can feel heard, understood, and empowered to explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences.

Central to my philosophy is the belief that every individual has the capacity for self-awareness and positive change. I approach therapy with empathy, authenticity, and respect, honoring each client's autonomy and agency in the therapeutic process.

I am committed to fostering a therapeutic relationship built on trust, transparency, and mutual respect. Through active listening, empathy, and validation, I aim to help you gain insight, develop coping skills, and cultivate resilience in the face of life's challenges.

My philosophy also emphasizes the importance of cultural humility and sensitivity to diversity. I recognize the impact of cultural, social, and systemic factors on individuals' lives and strive to create an inclusive and affirming space for clients from diverse backgrounds.

Ultimately, my goal as a therapist is to support you in your journey of self-discovery, healing, and personal growth. I am deeply honored to accompany you on this transformative journey and am committed to providing compassionate, ethical, and effective care."

This philosophy statement reflects a client-centered approach that prioritizes the client's autonomy, growth, and well-being while also acknowledging the importance of cultural competence and ethical integrity in therapy.

More Info About My Practice

I currently only offer telehealth therapy and serve all of NYC and NY State

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Psychotherapy helps individuals in various ways, addressing a wide range of psychological, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Here are some key ways in which psychotherapy can be beneficial:

Provides Emotional Support: Psychotherapy offers a safe and supportive environment where individuals can express their thoughts, feelings, and experiences without judgment. Therapists provide empathy, validation, and understanding, helping clients feel heard and supported as they navigate difficult emotions.

Promotes Self-Understanding: Through therapy, individuals gain insight into their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, as well as the underlying factors contributing to their struggles. By exploring past experiences, patterns, and beliefs, clients develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their unique life narratives.

Develops Coping Skills: Psychotherapy equips individuals with practical coping strategies and skills to manage stress, regulate emotions, and navigate life's challenges more effectively. Therapists may teach relaxation techniques, problem-solving skills, or communication strategies tailored to the individual's needs.

Changes Negative Thought Patterns: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based approaches help individuals identify and challenge negative thought patterns and beliefs that contribute to distress. By replacing unhelpful thoughts with more realistic and adaptive ones, clients experience improvements in mood and behavior.

Enhances Self-Esteem and Confidence: Therapy can boost self-esteem and confidence by validating clients' experiences, strengths, and accomplishments. Through supportive feedback and encouragement, therapists help clients recognize their inherent worth and potential for growth.

Improves Relationships: Psychotherapy improves interpersonal relationships by enhancing communication skills, empathy, and conflict resolution abilities. Therapists help clients develop healthier relationship patterns and boundaries, leading to more fulfilling connections with others.

Reduces Symptoms of Mental Health Disorders: Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for various mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance use disorders. Therapists work collaboratively with clients to alleviate symptoms, improve functioning, and enhance overall well-being.

Facilitates Personal Growth and Fulfillment: Beyond symptom relief, psychotherapy promotes personal growth, self-actualization, and fulfillment. By helping individuals align their actions with their values, goals, and authentic selves, therapy empowers clients to live more meaningful and purposeful lives.

Provides Support During Life Transitions: Therapy offers guidance and support during major life transitions, such as career changes, relationship transitions, loss, or relocation. Therapists help clients navigate uncertainty, adapt to change, and find new sources of meaning and direction.

Fosters Resilience and Adaptability: Through therapy, individuals develop resilience and adaptability, learning to bounce back from setbacks, cope with adversity, and thrive in the face of challenges. Therapy provides tools and resources for building emotional strength and resilience over time.

Overall, psychotherapy helps individuals improve their mental health, enhance their quality of life, and cultivate greater self-awareness, resilience, and fulfillment. By addressing psychological, emotional, and interpersonal issues, therapy supports individuals in living more authentic, balanced, and meaningful lives.

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I specialize in working with teens and adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD), anxiety, Interpersonal relationship difficulties, stress, work transitions, grief loss, family difficulty, and existential issues (death anxiety, meaninglessness).

Industries & Communities Served

  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • Military/Law Enforcement
  • Education
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals
  • Professional Sports
  • LGBTQ+

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Men's Issues
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

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