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Michael Hurd, LCSW, LISW-CP

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Relationships Family conflicts Self esteem, Motivation
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About me

I am licensed in Florida, Maryland and South Carolina with 36 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & family conflicts. I have authored two books (Bad Therapy Good Therapy: And How to Tell the Difference; and Grow Up, America!); five booklets; and thousands of articles, as well as a self-help column, "Life's a Beach," published in Gannett newspapers since 2005. My primary goal is to help you help yourself. I will guide and coach you, not tell you what to do. We'll reason and think our way to what makes sense together.

Realism, Personal Responsibility, Individualism. All worthy goals! Self-work with me is solution-focused and goal-oriented. Time is spent discussing your problems in the here-and-now, with reference to your background and your childhood only when relevant.

Traditional, conventional therapy tends to be about what’s wrong, what are the symptoms and what can someone else do for you to relieve you? My approach, in contrast, tends to be about what you've done right (even sometimes), what your track record is, what are your strengths, what are your potentialities and how can you build on them. My goal is not to label you, but to lift you up.

Professional experience

36yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions Relationships Family conflicts Self esteem, Motivation

Additional areas of focus: Abandonment, Attachment issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Divorce and separation, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / loneliness, Life purpose, Men's issues, Midlife crisis, Mood disorders , Narcissism, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Sexuality, Social anxiety and phobia, Workplace issues

Services offered

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License information


SC LISW-CP 14084

MD LCSW-C 06512


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Michael Hurd. 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.

Michael was great at listening to some of the challenges I am currently facing, and offered a refreshing perspective on them!

Written on May 19, 2024 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd