Hello and welcome. I am an Ordained Minister (Rev), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) in Pennsylvania. My background is in pastoral ministry (since January 2001). My wife and I have been married since June of 2000 and we have five children ranging in ages from 10 to 16. Over the past 22 years I have spent a lot of time in counseling with individuals, couples, and families helping them to overcome their struggles (Parenting, premarital and marital issues, ADHD, depression, anxiety, gambling and substance abuse and addiction, legal issues, religious issues, trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, and many others). I desired to be better equipped to help, so I went back to get my MA in Marriage and Family Therapy which I completed in December of 2017. I was glad to be able to bring my real world experience to the classroom and I found that I was already putting into practice a lot of what I was studying.
Over the years I have worked with clients from all walks of life. I've had clients from all faiths (and no faith) backgrounds, straight and LBGTQIA, children, teens, adults, parents, grandparents, and people in Hospice and their families.
I believe that you are the expert of your life. I will help you find ways to utilize your strength to overcome your struggles and move you from your current situation to where you want to be.
I will be your supporter, your cheerleader, your encourager, and your teammate. I believe that real change can start in the therapy session, but you make the change happen outside of session and in the real world. You can do it, you can achieve your goals. I'm looking forward to helping you do so.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression, ADHD, Blended Family Issues, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution-Focused Therapy
PA LPC PC012631
Rev. Abell has been awesome! He’s very great at supporting me and making me feel heard. He always gives great advice and guidance as well!
Written on Sep 28, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 2 years and 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety
I was nervous about having a male therapist, but I am so thankful I chose Rev. Abell. He hears what I’m saying and treats me with respect and kindness. I dont feel as if any of my concerns are trivial. I feel safe talking about issues that most of the time I am to scared to bring up. He very frequently reiterates back to me the concerns I express and shows that he’s listening and understands what I am dealing with. Feeling safe around therapists is something I’ve struggled with but I dont worry about it with him. I highly recommend Rev. Abell.
Written on Aug 14, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
Rev Abell is a gem as a therapist. He's professional, yet personable. He is knowledgeable and wise. His ability to approach sessions in and out of the spiritual context is great, and shows that he has the ability to work with diverse people
Written on Jun 26, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Very easy to talk to. Listens. Often has amusing responses or anecdotes which help to keep things on the level.
Written on Jun 17, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes
Rev. Abell is excellent at listening, and he accepts where the client is, in the moment.
Written on May 08, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Michael is very patient and kind. He is really good at listening and supporting. I always really appreciate the support he shows and his willingness to be available when he is needed.
Written on Mar 16, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse