Having been active as a therapist since the 90s, both in private practice and on staff with Kaiser Permanente for 13 years, I sometimes imagine I've seen "everything." Fortunately, the next person I see will often prove me wrong. The areas of my major experience and competence include Mood Disorders (Depression, Bipolar); Anxiety in all its forms; OCD; Chronic pain management; Anger management, Sexual concerns, including LGBTQ and transgender problems; couples and families; and others.
I'm a PhD in Marital & Family therapy (1997), and my background includes career responsibilities in the advertising/marketing fields, studies in philosophy and anthropology at U.C. Berkeley, and early training for the Orthodox Jewish Rabbinate,
I am of course well acquainted with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, in all its current incarnations, Motivational Interviewing, as well as psychodynamic therapy, Jungian therapy, and the careful application of good sense.
Feel free to contact me on this site to discuss working together.
Additional areas of focus: BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family Problems, Gender Dysphoria, HIV / AIDS, Infidelity, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Sex Addiction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman Method, Hypnotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
CA LMFT 34008
Excellent therapist who is quick to understand underlying issues, challenges and engages, humorous and insightful, makes you feel like you’re talking to a friend. Highly recommend
Written on Jun 13, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and compassion fatigue
A very wise and learned man! Deeply empathetic, insightful, unhurried, and very, very helpful.
Written on May 11, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts
Michael is a great listener. He is kind and has helped me work through my stuff
Written on Nov 24, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, parenting issues, anger management, and adhd
Michael was very easy to talk to and helped me to get to the bottom of some of my issues. He was quick to respond with messages and was respectful of my time.
Written on Sep 19, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Has been helpful
Written on Sep 07, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and coaching
Mike is very understanding and gentle. He's a good listener, and helps me reflect on some of the issues that I've been dealing with.
Written on Aug 04, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd