Family & men's counselor Columbus | Directions Counseling

More About Michael – MSW, LISW-S, CTS

Michael is an independently licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been providing outpatient psychotherapy services since 1987. He enjoys working with individuals across the lifespan and with his extensive clinical background he is qualified to address a wide array of concerns with individuals, families, and couples. While therapy will often focus on the alleviation of distress he also views it as a unique opportunity for clients to flourish by maximizing their potential for a richer, fuller, and more meaningful life.

Michael is a Trauma and Loss Clinical Specialist (CTS) and a contributor to the book, Trauma-Informed Practices with Children and Adolescents. Throughout his career, he has assisted both child and adult trauma survivors through the recovery process. Michael’s other areas of advanced training and interest include: treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders and Anxiety Disorders in children and adults, couples therapy using Gottman Method principles and strategies, and developmental assessment and intervention services to very young children (toddlers-preschool age) and their families.

His approach frequently includes the application of Mindfulness Awareness Practices (MAP’s), and Positive Psychology strategies and interventions to enhance psychological flexibility, personal well-being, resilience, social connections, positive emotions, and meaning in life.

Specialties

Education

Master of Social Work
The Ohio State University

Post Master Certificate Program in work
with Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families