Michael is a Christian counselor who graduated from Calvin College with a BA in Psychology and earned his MSW from Western Michigan University. He is a clinical social worker licensed by the State of Michigan and has been working with individuals, couples, children and families in various roles since 1996. Michael currently serves as the Clinic Manager of the Southwest Clinic.
His treatment areas of interest include relationship/marital problems, parenting and family issues, spiritual/religious issues, depression, anxiety, stress management, anger management, life adjustments, and abuse and trauma resolution. He has advanced training in Motivational Interviewing, a modality adept at foster behavior change, 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.
Michael participates with Faith Community Outreach, an initiative within Pine Rest that seeks to connect area clergy, churches, and ministries to services available from Pine Rest; as well as develop new services specifically designed to benefit the faith community.