Michael is a Christian counselor who graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and earned his Masters in Social Work from Western Michigan University. Michael is a clinical social worker licensed by the State of Michigan and has over 17 years experience working with individuals, couples, children and families.
His treatment areas of interest include depression, anxiety, stress management, anger management, relationship/marital problems, parenting and family issues, spiritual/religious issues, life adjustments, and abuse and trauma resolution. Michael has advanced training in Motivational Enhancement Therapy; and in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Parts I and II, a modality designed to treat post traumatic stress disorder, including the treatment of survivors of sexual abuse and other traumatic life events. Michael is also a skilled and engaging presenter who leads workshops on a variety of topics for companies and churches in the community.
With respect to Christian counseling and pastoral/ church referrals, I would like to explain in more detail who I am as a Christian and how I view Christian counseling. I am a born-again, Bible believing Christian and see therapy as a living out of Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Guided by what the client seeks to address and work on in counseling, I love to help people examine themselves: their thoughts, moods, and actions; and their relationships: their family, friendships, and work.
Spiritual matters are part of the clinical framework in which I view those times of need and may be directly or indirectly addressed in sessions based on what the client is seeking in therapy. Sometimes clients may want a Christian counselor and all that means to them is that the person providing counsel is a Christian; other times, clients want a Christian counselor and they are hoping that the materials discussed are Biblically sourced; and still other times, clients want a Christian counselor who prays with them in session and counsels directly from Scripture – I am proficient and comfortable in all those settings.
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Michael can be reached at the Pine Rest Northwest Clinic by calling (616) 222-3720.