About Me

Hello, my name is Michael. I am an Expert People Developer (EPD), United States Army and Georgia National Guard veteran; a servant-leader with over 25 years of experience in the helping field.

As a graduate of Bowie State University, Adler-Dreikurs Institute, Washington Bible College, Prince George’s Community College and the Academy of Health Sciences, I earned numerous professional validating credentials. In addition to being a psychotherapist and educator, I participated in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield during the Persian Gulf War, presented at various conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics health, personal growth, spirituality, overcoming real and perceived challenges and Phases of Life and HESTEROLOGY.

Phases of Life and HESTEROLOGY are a growth and development theory and counseling methodology I created and developed. I am an energetic, interactive and solution-focused psychotherapist and facilitator. My therapeutic approach and educational philosophy includes providing support and practical feedback to help participants learn and effectively address life challenges and mistaken goals.

Although I specialized in Adlerian therapeutic techniques, complementary methodologies are integrated as needed to offer a highly personalized and holistic approach. With compassion and understanding, I work with individuals, couples, and groups throughout the lifespan to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

I am excited about the possibilities and look forward to working with you.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Anger management
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Adoption and Foster Care , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 17

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #71693 (Expires: 2023-05-31)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Michael Hester. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by K.A. on May 25, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

Great Therapist.

Written by T.A. on May 25, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

It is early in our relationship but so far he is amazing and I am happy with his guidance.

Written by R.Y. on May 24, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Michael is a wise man who has greatly helped me in only a few sessions. I look forward to continuing my sessions with him.

Written by M.A. on May 23, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and coaching

Love my sessions with michael. He’s understanding and patient and always makes me think or see things in ways I hadn’t seen or noticed before

Written by S.O. on May 22, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Michael is full of energy and delivers hard truths in the most delightful and enlightening way with practical examples and solutions.

Written by E.M. on May 19, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

Micheal puts you at ease, and has you reflecting on new ideas and possibilities. He gets a grasp of what you’re struggling with fairly quickly. I enjoyed our first session and I am looking forward to more.

Written by G.A. on May 18, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Really amazing person always respectful and willing to listen. He can really pin point the issues and has a quick way to help. Always has a way to make you feel pretty good especially after a session.

Written by B.R. on May 15, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Mr. Hester was a fresh vibe to receive, considering this is the first time I have ever sought clinical counseling. His openness and expertise in many areas of life, as well as Biblical knowledge, helped me in my sessions, to not only feel better about myself, but about how I've been navigating through my life journey... and, how I can move in better ways, going forward.

Written by D.E. on May 14, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, coaching, and compassion fatigue

He seems to have a genuine concern for others.

Written by L.U. on May 11, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Michael is an excellent listener and makes it seem as if you’ve known him for years. He makes the environment very comfortable, which allows for any topic to be discussed.

Written by F.E. on May 11, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Being someone who has never looked for any kind of help like this, I feel like I was matched with someone who made me feel conformable to be able to freely share information I wouldn't share with just any one. Highly appreciated.

Written by J.A. on May 10, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Class act, he’s made my attempt at seeking help feel dignified and important.

Written by M.A. on May 10, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, family conflicts, coping with life changes, trauma and abuse, adhd, anger management, grief, and coaching

Michael Hester is in interesting fellow, when I first made the appointment I felt like something was wrong with me, not the case with him he takes you step by step, listens and is very keen on what's going on with his clients.

Written by C.H. on May 09, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and career difficulties

So far I've had a really great experience. Look forward to more!

Written by T.A. on May 08, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

From day one I felt comfortable. I was hesitant about therapy. But I was match with an amazing therapist and very understanding and honest!!

Written by B.R. on May 07, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

My session with Michael was far more beneficial than I could have ever imagined.

Written by N.U. on May 05, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

For the short time I been working with him he is great no complaints

Written by Q.U. on May 01, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I enjoy working with Michael. He has good bedside manner and very competent.

Written by L.O. on Apr 25, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 5 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Just finished my first session and Michael put me at ease and I look forward to next week

Written by I.A. on Mar 13, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coaching

Michael is an incredible therapist & mentor. He supports me and helps guide me to be the best version of myself. His constantly positive outlook is contagious and meetings with him will always brighten up even the darkest of days.

Written by A.G. on Mar 04, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Very nice

Written by Z.U. on Jan 23, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, coping with life changes, intimacy-related issues, and coaching

Micheal Hester is a fine example of a therapist.

Never finish one of our sessions with out a new outlook.

Written by C.O. on Dec 30, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 2 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, and anger management

Today was the 1st session with Michael and wow I was full of Nerves but he made me feel comfortable and feel like I had made a friend from the off and can’t wait for are next session thanks again Michael

Written by J.O. on Dec 27, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Mr. Hester is very knowledgeable about his job. I really appreciate his input.

Written by M.A. on Dec 26, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

I didn't know what to expect but go matched to the perfect therapist on the first go. Timely and so much needed. Thank you Michael. I see changes in my life. GOD BLESS YOU

Written by L.A. on Dec 01, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Michael is awesome. He's authentic, listens and has great advice.

Written by A.N. on Nov 23, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Brilliant therapist- can’t describe how his personality is so comforting and supportive, learn your tools and apply!

Written by S.A. on Nov 19, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, self esteem, and relationship issues

Michael is helping me to see life in a more positive way and this is brilliant for my mental health recovery. Thank you Michael!

Written by S.A. on Nov 13, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Michael is amazing! I just finished my second session with him. He holds a lot of knowledge of life and people, with so much compassion. Our personalities work well together so my sessions don't feel like therapy, but more like a positive, empathic, energetic conversation that provides me with new skills. I look forward to our next session.

Written by H.U. on Nov 08, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

Michael is a great human being who clearly has a lot of experience in helping people. He figured me out pretty quickly and helped guide me to make a quick recovery back to my best self.

Written by C.H. on Nov 03, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management

Michael and I clicked from the first appointment and I'm very glad to have found him through this service! It was a great match!

Written by E.L. on Oct 29, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and parenting issues

Michael is a great therapist! He brings excitement and passion for helping others. The connections and realizations he creates put things into perspective. In a fun and exciting way. I am very glad to have him as my therapist! 10/10 recommend.

Written by D.O. on Oct 26, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Micheal is very solutions oriented. He stresses taking action, and he always lifts my spirits and motivates me when we meet. I would recommend him for anyone who is trying to bring more positivity to their mind and to their life.

Written by S.T. on Oct 25, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

I have tremendous respect for Michael. His approach to counseling is always positive yet actionable. He normalizes your concerns as tangible and provides tools to best address them with a positive mindset.
I’m always looking forward to our sessions. Very glad for the help!

Written by K.E. on Oct 25, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

We've only met 2 times, but It seems like we've know each other for many years... I enjoy his prospective and how he communicates with me... Feels more like a big brother... Thx

Written by D.I. on Oct 22, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Michael is kind and lifts you up :)

Written by L.A. on Oct 20, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management

He is phenomenal. He always keeps a smile on my face and genuinely cares about me. I was so hesitant to seek help, but I am so grateful for Michael and so happy I joined and was matched with him.

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