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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.

Michael is a kind, consistent, intelligent, thoughtful, appropriately sensitive human being and therapist. He works hard to understand me, help me, and make me a better person in an emotion/psychological that is open, compassionate and effective. It makes me happy knowing I am not the only one that has the benefit of his expertise and his wonderful humanity.

Written on Mar 12, 2024 after therapy with Michael for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and coaching

I've been "seeing" Michael Pretz for a year this February and my relationships with my adult daughters has improved immensely.
Having a therapist that listens, holds space for me and keeps it professional is hard to find. Michael Pretz is an excellent therapist.

Written on Mar 05, 2024 after therapy with Michael for 1 year on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues

I feel so blessed to match with Michael. He has a lot of great insights which can guide me to improve my quality of life. I am very thankful for his work and I am looking forward to exploring more with him.

Written on Jan 24, 2024 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning coping with life changes

Totally happy that I started Better Help and feel lucky to have been assigned to Michael Pretz.

Written on Jan 05, 2024 after therapy with Michael for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management

Michael has been my therapist for almost two years and has helped me through a lot. I owe a lot of my mental stability to the work we have done together!

Written on Jan 05, 2024 after therapy with Michael for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd

It is the most safe I have ever felt in therapy. I feel seen heard and respected.
He is gentle and yet effective at helping me see the parts of myself and behavior that need attention and care. Highly recommend

Written on Jan 03, 2024 after therapy with Michael for 3 months on issues concerning lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and adhd