I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker licensed in Minnesota and Arizona. I am also an adoption competent Therapist credentialed with the CASE foundation and the Training in Adoption Competence program along with certification through the University of Minnesota's center for advanced studies in child welfare. I have been practicing for over ten years with many clients facing a wide variety of issues.
I am trauma trained and competent and my counseling style connects clients to their bodies first. I am an engaging and dynamic therapist who sticks with clients until they have a sense of resolution to their issues. I approach clients with curiosity and engage with them to find out what is happening . I see each new problem as a process that the client and I work together to resolve. I look forward to working with you on your journey to a better life.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dissociation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
MN LICSW 11281
AZ LCSW LCSW-15593
Michael is an excellent match for me.
Written on Aug 08, 2023 after therapy with Mike for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Michael has been a positive person for me this year has been one of the toughest years and he's been great, I run ideas through with him n he's just Been supportive, I recommend better help fir anyone going through life struggling, he's help embrace self growth.
Written on Jul 16, 2023 after therapy with Mike for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Michael is exceptional. His qualifications are just what I was looking for. He has a cool, calm, and collected demeanor which puts me at ease and makes opening up easier. I feel like he genuinely cares for his patients and takes us seriously. I don't get nervous and anxious before our meetings, he is truly a delight.
Written on Apr 24, 2023 after therapy with Mike for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Mike has been a welcome oasis of support in a challenging time. I came in not knowing fully how to articulate what I needed and what I was experiencing, and he has helped me sift through all of it to uncover what will help propel me forward. He listens deeply, asks great questions, and offers both perspective and tools that are helping me get my feet back under me. I am grateful to have found him through BetterHelp.
Written on Mar 31, 2023 after therapy with Mike for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, parenting issues, and anger management
I’ve been a client of Mike’s for nearly a year and I can attest that he is the most thoughtful, attentive & caring therapist that I have ever worked with. One of the most profound things that sets him apart is that, with or without a scheduled appointment he will instinctively reach out to you and check on your well-being, perfectly timing it for much needed encouragement & upliftment.
Written on Jan 12, 2023 after therapy with Mike for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd
I really like how Michael works with my son Jimmy. It is good for Jimmy to have someone other than his mother to talk with. Jimmy has responded positively to Michael. I think it is so valuable for Jimmy to feel heard. Thanks.
Written on Oct 14, 2022 after therapy with Mike for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching