Mike Pfisterer

(LCSW)

About Me

I look to help you identify your strengths and utilize them so that you can achieve your desired outcomes. My approach is to utilize multidimensional psychodynamic tools based upon your life course and inherent difficulties. In conjunction with the client, goals will be developed and guidance will be provided in order to achieve the optimal short term gains and long term growth.

I primarily utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, social learning theory and task based theory to help achieve change. These tools can be particularly helpful for those coping with negative thought patterns, depression, anxiety, developmental differences, executive functioning difficulties and challenges associated with trauma and transitions.

My practice has entailed work with a wide variety of individuals including teens and young adults with learning, emotional, and developmental differences. I have also engaged in practice with individuals with autism, those impacted by a wide range of environmental challenges as well as those having difficulty making life transitions. I have also participated in family based crisis management, helped families develop a range of techniques to improve relationships with their significant others and acted as a conduit between family members coping with trauma.

I live with my wife, daughters and two dogs and have a passion for helping others. I look forward to getting to know you and helping you have your aspirations align with your actions!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder
Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #086146 (Expires: 2020-09-30)


Reviews

Written by A.D. on Jun 28, 2020 after counseling with Mike for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Good counselor

Written by A.N. on Jun 24, 2020 after counseling with Mike for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

Mike has been very helpful in my process of dealing with my issues and learning healthy coping mechanisms. He is reliable, prompt, respectful and a very good counselor.

Written by M.I. on Jun 19, 2020 after counseling with Mike for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Mike listens very well & gives me succinct advice. I’m really enjoying the process! He’s my first therapist, so I’m not sure what to expect but so far, in just a couple of months, I’m seeing some good growth in myself.

Written by A.L. on Mar 15, 2020 after counseling with Mike for 1 year and 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, and self esteem

Mike is patient and knowledgable. Never takes things too lightly or too seriously. Highly recommend.

Written by B.E. on Mar 05, 2020 after counseling with Mike for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coaching

He's wonderful - he provokes you to think for yourself so you can understand for yourself better.

Written by R.I. on Feb 26, 2020 after counseling with Mike for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, sleeping disorders, anger management, and career difficulties

Mike helps me a lot and answers all my questions and reads all my journal reports. When I schedule an appointment he is always on time

Written by A.N. on Feb 22, 2020 after counseling with Mike for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

My counselor, Mike Pfisterer is patient with me and I can be trying at times. He listens and lets me speak my feelings and fears. He never tells me what to do but offers suggestions. I appreciate when he takes the time to explain certain things to me. I personally feel he is very good and am happy he was chosen as my therapist.

Written by M.A. on Feb 14, 2020 after counseling with Mike for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Mike is professional and personable. He is easy to talk to and I have already noticed progress in my own life with his help.

Written by R.O. on Feb 06, 2020 after counseling with Mike for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Mike is an intelligent and compassionate therapist. He is easy to talk to and provides a unique perspective to my issues. I plan to work with him longer term.

Written by P.A. on Feb 06, 2020 after counseling with Mike for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and anger management

Mike is fantastic. Of course, it's uncomfortable when he points out exactly what you were running from, but as soon as we move through the thoughts, you realize how nice it was to digest it. He is very respectful, understanding, and what I appreciate most, is that he puts events into a different light for you when you're struggle-bus-ing.

Written by S.C. on Jan 13, 2020 after counseling with Mike for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and adhd

Mike is awesome. He responds quickly and always checks in. Full of great advice.

Written by M.O. on Dec 13, 2019 after counseling with Mike for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

It’s not easy to write a review about Mike because there are simply no words to adequately describe all the ways that he has helped me and how truly grateful I am to have worked with him. Although I was initially a bit reluctant, I came to Mike needing guidance and advice on a number of tough things. He not only provided both but he did so in a way that eased my worries about counseling and therapy altogether. Mike actually listens and genuinely cares. Whether I was in a time of crisis or I just needed a friendly voice, Mike was there all the same. He provided me with the tools and resources I needed to begin moving through some tough stuff. Mike provides remarkable and nonjudgmental care. I am so thankful for Mike and I could not speak more highly of him. If you have the opportunity to work with Mike, consider yourself lucky and know that you are in very, very good hands.

Written by L.A. on Dec 06, 2019 after counseling with Mike for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

I couldn't ask for a better counselor. This was my first time with therapy and Mike made me feel so comfortable, always checked in with me, and speaking with him gave me a whole new perspective! I highly recommend Mike to anyone.

Written by A.U. on Nov 29, 2019 after counseling with Mike for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and adhd

In just a few sessions, easily the best therapy I’ve received - better than any even in person therapy I’ve tried.

Written by C.H. on Nov 07, 2019 after counseling with Mike for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

I've never been able to really stick with therapy and find someone I can relate to. It's always been hard for me to find anyone I could open up to and talk about things. Mike makes it so easy! He's thorough, gives you goals, is flexible and checks and responds to you constantly! Mike might be my favorite therapist of all time. Couldn't recommend more!

Written by R.E. on Oct 29, 2019 after counseling with Mike for 6 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Mike is a wonderful man with great insights to share. He is very warm and polite in his conversations and an amazing listener. I highly recommend Mike for everyone who is new to counseling. He is very punctual and replies in a timely manner and never loose the conversation. I had a wonderful experience working with him and he has been a great help.

Written by N.A. on Sep 13, 2019 after counseling with Mike for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Mike is courteous and has a pleasant demeanor. He provides helpful life advice and encourages you to look at yourself with a different lense.

Written by R.E. on Sep 01, 2019 after counseling with Mike for 1 year and 6 months

Mike's been my therapist for well over a year now and since then it's really given me the space to evolve emotionally. It's given me a bit of a safe space where I can express myself freely (which has been very beneficial) and I'm much better and more confident at setting boundaries.

Written by D.E. on Aug 04, 2019 after counseling with Mike for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Mike has helped me break down all of the thoughts and feelings that I have and is helping me learn to move forward. Normally I just let feelings bog me down, but I'm starting to learn to be okay with feeling them and then continuing on.

Written by K.A. on Jul 07, 2019 after counseling with Mike for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and coaching

Mike is kind, intelligent, and personable.

Written by S.U. on May 28, 2019 after counseling with Mike for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Excellent therapist. I feel very comfortable.

Written by B.R. on Apr 19, 2019 after counseling with Mike for 3 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

I had my first session with Mike and I was impressed at his intellect and listening skills. He has a good comfortable vibe about him that makes you feel you can say anything you need to say without shame or judgement. I'd recommend him highly. I've had him as a counselor for about a week he answers texts in a timely fashion as well.

Written by A.N. on Mar 05, 2019 after counseling with Mike for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and adhd

I worked with Mike to get over issues of anxiety that I had been dealing with and I must say that he was a tremendous help who helped me get into a far better place than I was in when I started. He was a true gentleman to work with and always kept my requests and needs in mind, helping me reach conclusions that I could not have come to without him. Mike is a great counselor and anyone is lucky to work with him! Thanks so much!

Written by J.U. on Jan 23, 2019 after counseling with Mike for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and grief

I have never had therapy before. I knew that I needed it from a long time ago. When my mother passed away, I was triggered and became depressed. I knew that I had to get some help to cope with a lot of emotional pain and grieving. Mike really got me through the funeral and its aftermath. I am glad that Mike is counseling me again, it has been very helpful. I can always tell when it's time for me to have a session. I would highly recommend Mike.

Written by M.O. on Sep 28, 2018 after counseling with Mike for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Mike has been a cornerstone in my mental transformation and I have immediately seen the difference and positivity in my life. I am extremely thankful for Mike’s partnership and guidance.

Written by N.I. on Sep 19, 2018 after counseling with Mike for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Mike has helped me though so much.. I've suffered with depression and anxiety for 15+ years and had numerous therapists. Mike is the only therapist I would recommend. He is supportive, but doesn't coddle you and really works with you through your issues rather than tell you what you're doing wrong. He is truly a blessing in my life and I can honestly say that I don't know if I'd be here if I hadn't been matched with him. Mike, if you read this....thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You are truly an angel.

Written by J.A. on Aug 16, 2018 after counseling with Mike for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Mike is an extremely open minded person who listens to what’s on your mind and tries to make certain situations relatable. He is very keen on figuring out what your concerns are and how to best approach the situation together or through best practices individually. He’s been extraordinarily helpful!

Written by R.O. on Jul 19, 2018 after counseling with Mike for 4 months

Mike is a good listener and is very respectful in the way he communicates his insights.

Written by L.E. on Jun 04, 2018 after counseling with Mike for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family

Mike is very good at helping me break down the components of my problems and my emotional reactions to them. I'm an analytical person by nature so I really appreciate this quality in a therapist.

Written by J.O. on Mar 18, 2018 after counseling with Mike for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, eating, and self esteem

I am really happy to have been paired up with Mike. I feel that I can open up to him about anything and he isn't judging and tries to give the best advice as well as asking questions to get you to really think about certain things and try to figure things out. Anything that I talk to him about, he addresses everything.

I really like that he asks questions and when he responds back, it isn't just a few short words here and there. You can tell he really is taking the time to reply back and help as much as he can. I trust him enough to open up to him about everything that I need and want to talk about.

Written by M.I. on Mar 13, 2018 after counseling with Mike for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship, and family

Mike Pfisterer is a gentleman and a true professional. He takes in all the thoughts and feelings I write to him and addresses every single one. He also makes it even more helpful by making suggested references to other professionals who are experts in their field. I believe that Mike is truly taking every case he has and making it individualized to what the client requires in order to get the best results and just to help. I trust in his abilities and feel very confident in disclosing my thoughts with him. Thanks Mike.

Written by D.I. on Mar 11, 2018 after counseling with Mike for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career

I'm really glad I got paired with Mike when I joined BetterHelp. The tools he's given me to manage stress have been very helpful and I will continue to use them. He has been very encouraging and kind and gives me thoughtful responses which I always look forward to reading.

If you're looking for a compassionate and supportive counselor, you can't go wrong with Mike.

Written by J.E. on Feb 17, 2018 after counseling with Mike for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship, and trauma and abuse

Mike has been super attentive and consistent in his support. He asks good questions and spends time responding in a caring and clear way. I've really enjoyed my sessions with him so far and highly recommend him!

Written by L.I. on Jan 16, 2018 after counseling with Mike for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger, and career

I asked Mike to have shorter messages so for me it easy to communicate and not to feel obligated to answer all questions. And he comfortably switched to my needs. He understands me very well