Mike knows how to handle difficult people because he was one! Surviving a traumatic brain injury, he overcame his own addiction to drugs. He then went on to devote over 20 years of his professional life as a clinical social worker servicing the needs of the mentally ill and chemically addicted. As an expert in treating patients with borderline personalities, he has delivered keynotes internationally, including speaking at the European Association of Gestalt Therapy in Sicily. Besides his career as a clinical social worker, Mike has also achieved acclaim as a stand up comedian where he discovered the power of humor to heal. He has headlined at The Laugh Factory in New York City, as well as Binghamton University, Columbia University and Kansas State University.
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“Your keynote was informative, light-hearted, and most importantly, gave me a lot of comfort and optimism about working with difficult clients.”
“I saw Mike Cotayo at a world
conference speaking with humor,
compassion and a striking ability to
go to the core of complex issues.”
“Mike is highly original and talented, with an incredible ability to quickly attune to the audience in front of him.”