Michael Alcée

Michael Alcée

Clinical Psychologist

Michael Alcée, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the psychology of artists and everyday creativity. He has a particular interest in the artistic and personal development of new therapists. In addition to his private practice, he is currently a Mental Health Educator at Manhattan School of Music and co-owner of Psychwriters, an online writing course and community for therapist-authors.


Michael was the 2019 winner of the American Psychological Association Schillinger Memorial prize for his essay on the link between jazz and psychoanalysis: “Reading the Changes: Freud’s Improvisational Art.”


A Psychology Today blogger and TEDx speaker, Michael’s writings and insights can also be found in many publications, including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and NPR’s Studio 360.


He is currently working on a book to be published by Norton. It is provisionally titled: Therapeutic Improvisation: Stop Winging It and Start Owning It as a New Therapist.