I am an experienced clinical social worker with over forty years experience in family, individual and group counseling. I have worked with adult and child clients, in home based, office and institutional settings , addressing problems that include trauma and abuse, with both victims and those who commit abusive acts. I also have experience with mood disorders.
My therapeutic style is warm and supportive, and I believe the client should lead the interaction. My interventions are based on a holistic, gestalt approach and cognitive behavioral methods, including motivational interviewing. Most clients, men on particular, need space and support in choosing their goals, and the main task of the counselor is to establish the therapeutic relationship.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Codependency, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Men's Issues, Mood Disorders, Self-Harm, Sexual Assault and Abuse
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
MO LCSW 001531
A thoughtful and insightful therapist that gives a different perspective, which enables better self analysis and self reflection.
Written on Jul 12, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 2 years and 6 months on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, anger management, and coping with life changes
I have worked with Michael for the past year and he has been a great guide through my transformation from being a person who survived trauma to someone who is learning to transcend it. With years of experience in tow, he was able to shine a light on the areas of my life and my emotional response to it, where there may have been a trauma response in play. This to me was incredibly enlightening and continues to help me on a daily basis. He is consistent, warm, kind, compassionate, funny and a true professional.
Written on May 11, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Michael is helping me take charge of my own life and provides positive affirmations of where I am at. Very thankful that Michael is helping me grow.
Written on Mar 06, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 2 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd
Michael is an outstanding listener and truly shows he cares and is here for me. He has helped me with things I didn't know i even needed help with. I have learned a lot about myself. He respects me and doesn't make me feel bad about my past.
Written on Feb 07, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd