Michael Southers, M.S., LGPC
|Professions: Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Psychotherapy|
|License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision|
|Primary Credential: Counseling - LG5510|
Billing and Insurance
I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage
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When you come see me for the first time, I highlight that therapy is a process where you get to decide the pace that you share parts of your life and I encourage you to only share parts of yourself when you are ready since I believe you know yourself best. With that said, I believe working together is a dialogue, and I will ask questions about you in order to better understand you. I will always respect if you decide to talk or not, but I will continue to be curious about you.
My curiosity is portrayed in a comforting way and I think it is important to check in with each other to see how we are each feeling toward each other. I know many people fear judgment when they come in to talk, and I like to reassure people I see that I will genuinely answer them so we can build an authentic relationship of trust.
Ultimately, the purpose of my curiosity is to understand you better. By us understanding each other we can help you work toward developing ways to make your life to the way you want it to be.
Email or Call Michael Southers, M.S., LGPC at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 32498
More Info About My Practice
I offer a sliding scale to people who are interested in working with me due to not accepting insurance at this time. If you're curious about my sliding scale, feel free to contact me so we can talk about options.
If you do have insurance, some plans will reimburse, and I will provide a statement with information you can submit to your insurance company to help you in getting reimbursed.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
As a therapist, I love the idea of sitting in a room and giving the other person in the room my undivided attention. For my undergraduate degree, I studied philosophy with the love of understanding different ideas, and the same is true for therapy in wanting to understand people. With that said, I want to be clear, that I didn't enjoy using super-big words with philosophy to convince people I was "smart," and likewise I don't enjoy using psychobabble. Instead I really enjoy being able to communicate concepts that will be helpful, memorable, and understandable. In fact, I think part of the true art of therapy is making it accessible to everyone, which is why I feel comfortable working with people of any age.
The other piece about therapy, is that I love always learning new ways to be able to help people grow. I don't have a specific formula for people when they walk through the door. Instead, I listen to what the person experiences so that we can figure out ways to help the person change at the pace and the way they want.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
Some people are concerned if they are doing therapy right. If you're showing up physically and mentally, the answer is always "yes, you are doing it right."
But you may be asking, "What does mentally showing up mean?"
Everyone has their own therapeutic process. We all have different experiences from the world in how we open up, and all of them are valid. Some people will be really open about parts of their life at first, but not talk about the really big issues of why they are coming to therapy. Meanwhile others may say all the big things at first, to get it out. These and any range in between is good. Normally in therapy, issues will surface that the person was not initially aware of that may be causing the discomfort in their life, and that is okay too. Regardless of how you are able to mentally show up for therapy, you being in the room and being willing to have a conversation with me is right for you.
And if you're ever concerned about mentally showing up, feel free to ask me and we can talk about it in a comforting way to really figure it out. But honestly, if you're asking the question, you probably have already shown up, and I would look forward to working with you.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
I think there is a lot of courage to come to therapy, especially with how some people have been raised about the idea that if someone says they need a therapist then the person really is beyond the need of getting help and awareness to what is going on. In fact, nothing more is further from the truth, and I would argue that by someone acknowledging they want things to change in their life, that is bravery, not weakness, to make the changes you want. I know in my own family, while therapy was not talked about, I am the only one that is a therapist and encourages therapy for people.
In fact, therapy can be a relieving experience. I say this from my own experience as well and not just from the experience of people I've worked with. When I initially went to my own therapist, it was under the guise that I thought I should since it would be good for me to know what it would be like to sit on the other side of the therapy room, which I think was still a good reason for any upcoming therapist. However, I additionally was at a point in my life when I needed someone to hear me and so I could get clear on what I felt and how I thought about events going on in my life.
And to be honest, sometimes in therapy we will confront some scary ideas, but that's where working with me is important. I will be a supportive person when we talk about the ideas that you may have not discussed with many people, or perhaps no one. I believe confronting those ideas takes a great amount of strength, and I always feel honored when people are willing to to look at their lives so that they can make something better than what they already have.
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Home-Based Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
LGBTQ, People on the autism spectrum, People with brain injuries
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