So, I’ve been around the block. Twenty-five years in blue collar/ heavy industry working as a millwright. Going through the process of understanding myself around issues around of depression, anxiety, addiction, failed relationships, dissatisfaction with my place in life. Frustration with not living up to my potential, often not realizing my potential, and too often on the path of desperation.
The journey has taken me to my current situation. I am a Masters level Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a life time of experience in that process of becoming. Learning the tools of understanding and building a stronger foundation of personal growth! I am also a professional singer & photographer, part of my emerging creative potential.
I believe we all have a gift. As Picasso stated: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away”.
My passion is guiding others toward that same journey of continued self-discover: working through the impasses, the resistance to personal growth.
I have many tools in my toolbox:
• Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
With a focus on mindfulness
• Cognitive-behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Working through programmed patterns of thoughts, feelings, beliefs & behaviors that develop into a recurring cycle.
• Anger Management
• Trauma-informed Therapy
Trauma-informed care shifts the focus from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”
• Somatic-focused Therapy.
• Stress, Anxiety
• Self esteem
• Coping with life changes
• Sports & Performance
If this is a direction you want to go then I believe we can go on that journey together.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Body Image, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dissociation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation / Loneliness, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
MN LICSW 22391
Michael is a great therapist who helped heal our past trauma and helped us move forward with our lives.
Written on Oct 15, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Michael is an extremely skilled therapist. He is incredibly mindful of each individual's process for recovery and gives generously of his time and resources. I am so thankful to have been paired with Michael on BetterHelp and look forward to continuing the healing process with him on my road to self actualization.
Written on Feb 23, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching
He is very understanding and very caring and puts in the extra effort
Written on Jun 27, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and coping with life changes