Michael Brollini,LMFT

Michael Brollini,LMFT

Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 128895
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I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Allegiance Life and Health
  • Alliance PPO
  • Allied Insurance Group
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • CalPERS
  • Cenpatico
  • Cigna
  • Coventry
  • Coventry Health Care
  • GEHA Health Plans
  • GWH-Cigna (formerly Great West Healthcare)
  • Health Net
  • Highmark
  • Managed Health Network (MHN)
  • Meritain Health
  • New Directions Behavioral Health
  • Nippon Life Benefits
  • Optum
  • Optum Health
  • Tricare West
  • United Behavioral Health
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Santa Clara, California 95054

My Approach to Helping

My Name is Michael Bollini, I am Licensed in California as a marriage and family therapist, with 6 years of experience working with co-occurring mental health disorders and non-mental health disorders. It is my goal to help with learning alternative self-care activities, utilizing coping skills, and grounding techniques that could help us to function in the present moment. These are the basic fundamentals that are important through the healing process which could help improve your personal growth. I tend to use the eclectic approach with therapy that incorporates modalities of Cognitive behavioral therapy, Solution focus therapy, Narrative therapy, Strategic family therapy, and Emotion-focused couple's therapy. I have worked in residential treatment for 5 years helping restore functionality to daily living, when available helping reunification with family or support system, helping to identify and adapt to appropriate changes to help improve quality of living. It is an important process of understanding deficits that interfere with emotional well-being, negative thought patterns, and our ability to manage day-to-day utilizing appropriate coping methods.

I attended Argosy University in Orange County California and graduated in 2016, I first began my practicum site at the LGBTQ center in Long Beach and then worked at a transitional living that accepted mainly AB-109 clients (those with a suspended sentence for reintegration in society). After graduation, I worked as an Associate marriage and family therapist at a residential treatment facility for substance abuse, depression, anxiety, bipolar, and many more. I also have been treating non-mental health issues such as interpersonal effectiveness issues, communication effectiveness, phase of life issues, family conflicts, marital relationship conflicts, and individual issues (some known and some to explore to gain a better understanding of what an issue might be).

I make efforts to create a transactional type of communication environment where I listen through empathy, active listening, reflective listening, and listening for either emotional or thought process cues that could lead to the impact of an experience. I have experienced that getting through the initial session or a few more after helps with comfortability and the willingness to be open (open to share and open to be receptive to feedback). My journey to becoming a therapist began with my undergrad education in criminal justice, I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do in criminal justice, although I did know I wanted to either be a probation officer or a correctional officer or parole officer. I was working as a bike patrol security officer when I first encountered homelessness the way that it was. I began to help some who had no idea how to search for a job, get through interviews, and establish a routine to maintain the position that they were working for. Once I started to see the success, I brought it up to my student advisor and it motivated for me to seek out psychology due to the name. due to the nature of being able to use talk as a method of creating change. Once doing my research on it, I found that there was a passion, and ever since helping people and seeing the changes that are created through talk therapy alone. has motivated me to keep reaching out to help. Alter my life, I have had support in so many different areas and what drives me to continue doing this work is paying the knowledge forward to those who could use it during their time of struggle.

Goal setting is done collaboratively, goals can change as at times when establishing them at the start could happen through the emotional responses from an experience. Once exploring and potentially uncovering repressed or unresolved issues, this could lead to a different direction and pace of the therapeutic process (sometimes shorter and sometimes longer). The first session is more of gaining insight into the activating events that led to seeking therapy, psychoeducation (which the learning phase of conflicts, identifying problematic behaviors, and gaining an understanding of goals.

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Career Choice
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Family Problems
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Panic
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Psychosis
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • School issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress
  • Workplace Issues

Types of Therapy

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