I believe in working collaboratively with couples to create a safe space to resolve problematic issues.
Our work together can provide an opportunity to experience a deeper sense of intimacy, strengthen the commitment and communication with your partner and improve the quality of the relationships in your life. Sessions will serves as a platform to practice new relationship skills, gain a greater sense of self-acceptance and self-awareness as you begin to eliminate communication patterns interfering with the trust, intimacy and connection between you and your partner.
I incorporate activities, tools, and strategies to facilitate change and promote long term growth, increasing healthier communication, intimacy and spontaneity. My work is client centered, trauma focused, strengths based, integrative, and grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative and family systems therapy.
I find that people become discouraged, feeling as if they have no control over their life, and as a result, life begins to feel like a daily challenge versus a life of joy, purpose and connection. Together we can make necessary changes so that you can continue to love your life and those in it.
Michael earned his B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Community Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. He has been in the mental health field for nearly a decade and working in a private practice setting for over 6 years with a strong emphasis in working with couples and families in distress. He has received training from the Gottman Institute and the Couples Institute. He is also trained in EMDR, a technique which can decrease symptoms and advance the therapeutic process. Additionally, Michael is a Certified Trainer of Mental Health First Aid (Adult) and also a Prepare/Enrich Facilitator.
Michael delivers services in English and Spanish.