There’s a bright light shining these days on the third to half of Americans who are introverts. Psychologist Michael Alcee counsels them in practice and runs a group where introverts come together and celebrate their unique gifts with one another. Here, he tells us why therapists should help introvert’s reimagine the positives of a temperament that’s often undervalued in our extraverted culture. 

Michael Alcée

Michael Alcée, PhD, is a therapist in private practice and a two-time Ted-X speaker.  He teaches at William Patterson University and is the Mental Health Coordinator at the Manhattan School of Music.


Lauren Dockett

Lauren Dockett, MS, is Psychotherapy Networker’s senior writer. A longtime journalist, journalism lecturer, and book and magazine editor, she’s also a former caseworker taken with the complexity of mental health, who finds the ongoing evolution of the therapy field and its broadening reach an engrossing story.  Prior to the Networker, she contributed to many outlets, including The Washington Post, NPR, and Salon. Her books include Facing 30, Sex Talk, and The Deepest Blue.  Visit her website at