I am licensed in New Mexico and Arkansas for Independent Private Practice with 28 years of professional experience and a doctorate specializing in public health. I am on the faculty of New Mexico State University, School of Social Work. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I am specially trained and sensitive to issues experienced by the LGBTQIA+ community. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Career difficulties, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Sexuality, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Jungian Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
AR LCSW 865-C
NM LCSW SWB-2022-0518
Dr. Stracener was amazing to work with. At 35, I’d tried many therapist and none ever just clicked. I felt like he listened intently to my stories (always making notes and he remembered little details!) but also provided guidance, tips, and strategies rather than just letting me ramble the entire session. He had a gentle way of sharing difficult points, and I will greatly miss having him as my therapist.
Written on Mar 21, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem
If therapy feels overwhelming, Dr. Stracener is your guy. He approaches each session with a sense of direction and keeps the conversation productive without feeling rushed or rigid. He is a compassionate listener and a proactive guide in helping you navigate through life’s hurdles.
Written on Dec 28, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with life changes, and adhd
Dr Stracener is very thorough and efficient in his assessment. He is wonderful to talk to. He helps me develop goals and skills to work on. The skills he helps me work on have helped me move forward in my healing. I would definitely recommend Dr Stracener.
Written on Dec 15, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Great job. Very personable.
Written on Dec 04, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and coping with life changes
Dr. Stracener’s experience and expertise has been very beneficial to me. His techniques developed for me on coping with trauma have really helped me turn the corner. I really appreciate all the help.
Written on Nov 14, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and coping with life changes