Michael was born in Texas but grew up in Colorado before relocating to the Northeast for graduate school. He received his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from William James College in Boston, MA. Prior to joining DCTC, Michael worked for a nonprofit in Sherman where he provided trauma counseling to children, adolescents, and adults. He also completed several internships at psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment facilities, and outpatient counseling centers working with teens and adults.
Michael specializes in treating anxiety, depression, life transitions, addiction, identity and self-esteem issues, and chronic pain. He also has experience working with individuals with anger management issues, codependency, relationship issues, sexual abuse, and grief. Michael provides Relationship Counseling to improve communication, trust, and safety in the relationship. He has experience working with the LGBTQ population and understands the unique struggles of this community. Michael utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and a Person-Centered approach when treating his clients. He accepts people unconditionally and non-judgmentally and helps them to accept themselves.
In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with his Jack Russell Terrier named Trigger, watching movies and TV, and listening to music. He played hockey for 17 years and continues to enjoy watching the sport.