About Therapy with Me
Therapy is difficult and not an easy process. If it was easy to do, you would have already done whatever it takes to not be seeking out a therapist. But the result of doing that hard work is a lightness which you forgot was possible to feel.
I am not your friend.
As your therapist, I am not your family. Friends and family have a vested interest in making sure you are happy. Therapists have a vested interest in making sure you are as healthy as possible.
That means there are times you will leave my office and not “like” me. I am okay with that. I am here to make sure you end up as healthy as possible – both mentally and emotionally. Sometimes that means being real with you in ways others shy away from.
I also am not a jerk!
By no means does being a therapist give me an excuse to be a jerk to you, though. On the contrary, it just means you and I have a different relationship than that of anyone else in your life.
And the result we are both seeking is different than any other. But we are both keeping our eyes on the goal of having you say, “Michael, I don’t need to see you anymore.”
One of the biggest indicators of whether these goals will be achieved is how well you and I “click.” You need to believe in my ability to get you to that end state; I need to believe you are ready to do the hard work necessary. When both of those things occur, something amazing can happen.
Let’s work together.
Over the years, I have seen many people achieve that state of freedom – to achieve that lightness which comes when you can put down something you’ve been holding onto for a long time.
An Army veteran of 20 years, I got my commission, so I could become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have four deployments and have experienced a wide range of what the Army has to offer.
I love being a therapist. It allows me to take care of service members, veterans, and their families in an entirely different manner than I could before. It also lets me take care of non-military in a way I couldn’t while on Active Duty.
My Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is from Trident University, and I earned my Master of Social Work from Fayetteville State University. Currently, I am licensed to practice in both Colorado and North Carolina.