Michael brings his unique work and life experiences to NorthStar Counseling Group. Michael received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and theatre from Valparaiso University. In 2009 he received his Masters in Community Counseling from National Louis University.
Michael brings experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He is trained in DBT, and is adept in trauma informed therapy, as well as family therapy. He has developed programs for youth and adults to address both mental health and substance abuse. Michael provides therapeutic treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, self esteem, sexual orientation, gender identity, communication skills and adjustment to the general transitions and changes that present throughout the life cycle.
Michael has extensive experience working with issues of domestic violence. He has a keen understanding of the impact that both domestic violence and substance abuse can have on those in these complicated situations. Michael is thoughtful in his work with both adults and children. Michael prides himself on being an anchor in the storm when he is working with the complexities of love and family relationships that have been touched by substance abuse and violence.
Michael is easy going and interested in getting to know the individuals who seek out treatment with him. He helps his clients develop a deeper understanding of their experiences. Michael helps clients in developing positive coping strategies and an increased sense of peace within themselves. He is skilled at working with children, teens, adults and families. He is an advocate for those who can often become marginalized and values his work with the LGBTQIAA community. Michael brings a fresh perspective to his work and has a high regard for the respect and confidentiality that takes place within the client/therapist relationship. He is invested in his own growth and development as he continues to develop his practice. In his own words “My joy is helping people explore their emotions and thoughts to build a stronger sense of self”.