I am a mental health counselor originally from Nebraska and now living in Arizona. I have 20+ years of experience. I work with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, low self esteem, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and low motivation. I have also helped people with addiction problems. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Also, be aware if you have become addicted to negative thoughts, it will take courage and hard work to challenge and overcome them.
It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!
About me: My Loves are my wife, my son and daughter, 3 grandchildren, and our dog Sky. Favorite activities include golf, biking, hiking, sharing stories, and spending time with friends and family. I've made my fair share of mistakes, and done some things I'm not proud of. My life experiences have fueled my belief in second chances, and helped me to be non-judgmental and empathetic as a person and therapist. I would welcome the opportunity to partner with you in your journey.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Military and Veterans Issues, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
AZ LPC LPC-19348
NE LIMHP 697
Written on Feb 25, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Mike was great! His humor is the best and the ability to weave in ways to equip you with unique skills is amazing. Conversations are always meaningful.
Written on Feb 05, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 3 years and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching
Michael was very insightful and humerous and patient and helped me through a diffucult transition. Great therapist great human being!
Written on Feb 27, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 3 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes
I've only had two sessions with Michael, but he's already identified a few things that I hadn't been able to. It's what I was hoping for since I think objectivity and perspective is are hard things to achieve when you're buried in your own trauma and turmoil. I'm grateful to be working with him.
Written on Dec 19, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and compassion fatigue
Mike is really great! From the get go, I could tell that he very seriously tried to get to know me. He immediately started picking up on my habits and, if any needed work, he worked with me on options for correction. In our eight sessions, I have learned so many things that I will take with me for the remainder of my life. He was someone I felt very comfortable with (which is hard for me) and I am so thankful for that. I highly recommend Mike and hope you get to work with him as closely as I did!
Written on Dec 02, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and career difficulties
Asks the right questions and gives great feedback. Had lots of knowledge about my situation and provided relevant material. Very helpful and responsive.
Written on Oct 28, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, coaching, and adhd