Hello, my name is Michael Cotter. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have over 7 years of professional counseling experience as well as another 8 years of paraprofessional experience in helping people achieve the change they desire. I currently work in the field of addictions and have for the past 7 years. I work not only with those who are struggling with addiction but also the other related problems it creates. This includes depression, anxiety, bi-polar, self-esteem, loneliness, abuse, stress, and family related problems. I am also a certified trauma specialist who is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy for trauma (CPT), and hold a Medication Assisted Recovery Specialist certificate as well.
I have a long story of overcoming my own struggles in life and personally understand just how hard it can be to reach out for help. I meet people where they are, walk through the struggle of change with them no matter how long it takes, and above all never judge anyone for where they are in life or how they got there. I offer client centered solution focused counseling that incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, existentialism, and motivational interviewing.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Blended Family Issues, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dissociation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Phobias, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
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Michael is true professional. He has supported me for years and is incredibly concise, direct and is as good at listening as he is at recommending advice.
Written on Mar 15, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd
It's not only very professional but really does care about what the individual wants to work on and make sure that we cover our bases on that too. It's helped me realize that some different problems are more linked then I realized and now I have a better understanding of my personal criteria through his guidance.
Written on Feb 01, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and coaching
Mr. Michael Cotter is an absolutely professional, qualified therapist.
He makes me feel safe in expressing all of my questions and emotions and with great compassion answers my questions. In instances where there is no question , just a thought - he offers a perspective worthy of consideration. I am very grateful for his Christian knowledge and the way he incorporates into my therapy. He’s helping me gain insight. Highly recommend Mr. Cotter.
Written on Oct 28, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching
Michael is caring, objective and listens. I appreciate his counsel.
Written on Jul 07, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, compassion fatigue, and coaching
Michael is a wonderful counselor. He is a thoughtful listener who continually helps me discover pragmatic, attainable, solutions to my worries and problems. Unlike other counselors I have seen, I was able to make changes after the very first session that quickly paved a path of growth and achievement. He is definitely the counselor for someone who is ready to take action and I am grateful for his guidance.
Written on Apr 08, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, coping with life changes, and adhd
A very caring and honest therapist with clear, practical advice. Highly recommend to those who want a pragmatic approach to therapy.
Written on Mar 27, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue