Michael Thaden, MS, LMFT, ATR-BC, CHT

Michael Thaden, MS, LMFT, ATR-BC, CHT

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage & Family Therapist - MFC 34167
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 16066
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3808 Auburn Blvd., Suite 57
Sacramento, California 95821 - United States
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Billing and Insurance

I am an in-network provider for:

  • Magellan Health Services

Fees: $100 per 50 minute session

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The spirit of kindness is a powerful healing energy which is contagious. The gift of therapy is received as the therapist's caring presence trickles into your own system. Our most troubling symptoms can seem like the enemy because they appear to be the source of our pain and fear. They are more usefully appreciated as our system's messengers inviting us to open communication. They are the unpleasant surface of underlying conditions which need our attention and care. When we establish compassionate relationship with the very parts we are prone to hate and disown, we reverse the isolation which is central to trauma. Compassion is learned by example.

Growing bodies of evidence indicate that the most powerful healing agents involve relationships. The therapeutic relationship begins it's healing process by providing a model of caring compassionate connection. This serves as a kind of frame or scaffolding for building your healthy internal relationships. Healthy internal relationships are the foundation for satisfying external relationships. As you make deeper healing connections with those parts of experience calling for your attention, you become your own greatest healing resource.

Art and Meditation are two healing modalities which continue to serve me well. Mindfulness utilizes focus on present experience as a ground for awareness to deepen. This may include noticing how our body experience unfolds by focusing attention on slow movements, or the sensations of the breath. Meditation practice can can help regulate emotions, clarify experiences, and have an integrating effect. Perhaps the most profound benefit derived from meditation practice is self-acceptance.

Before I even knew there was such a thing as "Art Therapy", I discovered that landscape painting and photography provided ways of strengthening my connection with nature. I eventually realized that this was an important spiritual resource which developed my own human valuing. The same kind of compassionate valuing connection is at the heart of what therapy provides.

Just as an artist needs to occasionally step back from the work to regain appropriate perspective, a therapist can offer helpful perspective when we are too close to "see" certain parts of our own experience. We benefit from having an example for how to be compassionately present with ourselves. As we learn to follow follow these examples, we find the keys to taking our life back.

Email or Call Michael Thaden, MS, LMFT, ATR-BC, CHT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 16066

More Info About My Practice

-Avg Cost (per session): $100
-Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check
Accepted Insurance Plans:
-Magellan Behavioral Health

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I have over twenty years of experience working intensively with adolescents and adults impacted by grief/loss, trauma, domestic violence, sexual abuse, chemical/co-dependency, compulsive behavior, anger/impulse control problems, and life role transitions.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Accepting what's here is essential if we want to work with what is concerning you. Accepting the present also provides a wonderful side effect. That is self-acceptance. The wisdom of the body is a vast though easily missed resource. A focus on body experience is now recognized as essential for resolving complex trauma and attachment issues. In a fast paced world it is easy to become "top heavy", preoccupied with goals and worries. Attention to diet, sleep, and exercise are often neglected. Symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety may need to become extreme before we become willing to come back to our body language.

Many scientific studies have found that mindfulness has an integrating benefit. Integration has been identified as the key factor in the resolution of trauma. Trauma can be defined as the result of exposure to overwhelming experiences which have exceeded our system's ability to integrate them at that time. A gradual process of strengthening our grounding presence in a safe setting allows us to reinstate our system's natural capacity for integration.

Services I Provide

  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Traumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Art Therapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Depth Hypnosis
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy

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