Michael Thaden, MS, LMFT, CHT

Michael Thaden, MS, LMFT, 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
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I am an in-network provider for:

  • Magellan Health Services

Fees: $100 per 50 minute session

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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.

The most important part I play as a therapist is helping you take back your true leadership role in your life. This involves learning how to reconnect with your natural capacity for healing through relationships. The transmission of love and compassion is what we instinctively need and hope for in our relationships. It may seem ironic how easy it is to become distracted and preoccupied with the external world, and forget to include a healthy internal relationship with Self.

Learning by example how to hold the various parts of our experience in loving arms is one of the most powerful healing ingredients of an effective therapy process. Self-observing in the spirit of kindness and compassion allows us to become present with the parts of our experience which most need our attention.

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 who are just trying to communicate underlying needs for our care and connection. Their extreme characteristics are exaggerated because they have been isolated and neglected.

When we establish compassionate relationships with the very parts of experience which we have been prone to hate or fear, we reverse the isolation which is central to trauma. Reconnecting with this this essential capacity most importantly returns the life of the person to it's rightful owner. It allows you to continue your natural growth and healing process outside and beyond the therapy office.

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

More Info About My Practice

I feel very fortunate for various healing influences in my life, and feel privileged to share them as therapeutic resources. Our most powerful healing resources may seem so simple and obvious that we may often overlook or forget about them.

Art and Meditation are two such 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.

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

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. 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. 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
  • Posttraumatic 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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