Hi! My name is Michael Pontello (she/her) and I am licensed in Texas with 14 years of professional work experience in the non-profit sector and am taking a new step in my journey as a therapist and supporting clients on the BetterHelp platform. I have a variety of experiences in helping diverse clients, especially those with lgbt-related issues. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Therapy and the conversations that take place in a therapeutic settings can be quite transformative and I aim to engage in those conversations with clients. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Aging and Geriatric Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Body Image, Communication Problems, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hoarding, Infidelity, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Self-Love, Sexuality, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
TX LMFT 201413
Michael is absolutely wonderful. She is one of the most kind and thoughtful people I have encountered. I have been in therapy for almost 2 decades and she is one of the best therapists I have had. 10/10 recommend.
Written on Sep 12, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Michael has remained a pillar of support and guidance since the beginning of my counsel with her and has really brought hope back into myself. Not in the sense of everything is fixed, still a long road ahead for me in my mental health, but hope that I can find help in a unbiased and professional setting that offers positive acceptance and affirmation as I figure this out.
Written on Aug 26, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 5 months on issues concerning addictions, lgbt, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
She is absolute delight, catering to my various needs and concerns. I have loved working with her and am beyond thankful for her attention and respect towards me, my family, and my needs. Couldn't recommend more! ❤️
Written on Mar 17, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Written on Jan 26, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Michael is a thoughtful listener who gives wise insight into the issues we discuss in our sessions.
Written on Jan 10, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks