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Michael Pretz, LPC, LMHC

Stress, Anxiety Career difficulties Bipolar disorder Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

I am a licensed professional counselor and certified rehabilitation counselor. I served the State of Alaska as Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for 7 years. I’ve had my own private practice for 2 years.

I am a client centered therapist with an existential philosophy. I believe an empathetic judgement free space is essential to any therapeutic process. I also believe that all change must be individualized and client directed through a co-created therapy process. I believe client’s are experts of their own experiences and have both the power and knowledge to make the choices needed to make lasting change to significantly improve quality of life.

I have worked with a wide variety of clients with various backgrounds, mental health disorders, neurological disorders, and physical disabilities.

I also utilize therapeutic methodology from reality therapy, solution focus therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), internal family systems therapy (IFS), behavioral therapy, and others. However, my most utilized method is to be curious of client’s inner experience and how I may be of help.

Professional experience

9yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Career difficulties Bipolar disorder Depression Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visually Impaired, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Services offered


License information

AK LPC 178744

WA LMHC LH 61436983


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

I'm extremely happy with Michael, he clearly has an understanding of the human condition and let's me work on my terms there's no gap in service and l come away with a real sense of progress. I journal our sessions and can see how far I've come!
He's a thoughtful, kind and great human.

Written on Oct 12, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 8 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues

I am incredibly grateful after every session. I always leave it with more understanding of myself and the issues I’m struggling with.

Written on Aug 09, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Michael is really present with me when we are having our video sessions. He listens, pauses, then comments in a very thoughtful manner.

Written on Aug 08, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management

Michael has been great to work with. He always listens intently, is very open and easy to talk to, is understanding, and participates actively in our conversations. He has really helped me see some things in a new way and approach things with different perspectives.

Written on Feb 21, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Highly recommend Michael's work, dealt with relationship issues, life changing events, stress. Would definitely work with Michael again.

Written on Jan 30, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and coping with life changes

I’m new to this therapy thing and Michael has made it very easy to open up and gain wisdom by grounding me.

Written on Dec 07, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and coping with life changes