My Approach to Helping
Finding the right therapist can be a challenging and intimidating process. It is an extremely personal choice and developing the right rapport with your therapist is vital to the therapeutic process. I work from a Client Centered Approach; creating a compassionate environment that is safe, judgment free and affords us the opportunity to work together to discover and reach your potential.
I am available to assist you with answering any questions you may have to help you make the right choice in therapists.
More Info About My Practice
"If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail."
Abraham H. Maslow
Since 2002, Mike has worked in the substance abuse field previously working as the program director for Alternatives and Rainbow Bridge Community Services.
In addition to his private practice, Mike also works for the Los Angeles LGBT Center as the Program Manager of Crystal Meth Recovery Services and Addiction Recovery Services.
Mike worked for two years in the William S. Hart School District, providing psychotherapy to special education students and their families.
Mike received his certification as a Drug & Alcohol Counselor from LA City College, holds his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Salem State College and received his Master's in Psychology from Antioch University.
Mike serves on several crystal meth work groups and advisory boards and has been both a featured speaker and panelist at various town hall meetings throughout the country.
Mike's work within the recovery community has been featured in various mainstream publications, including GQ Magazine, The Advocate and an Emmy Award Winning episode of KCET's "Life & Times" television series.
My Therapy Focus
When specific issues or mental health conditions begin to cause distress and interfere with a person's normal activities, it may be time to seek therapy. Individual therapy can help you identify and overcome obstacles that prevent you from fulfilling your potential. As a collaborative effort, our aim will be to facilitate change and improve the quality of your life.
ADDICTION RECOVERY SERVICES
Substances are often a symptom of a greater problem, in therapy we will discuss the following:
Basic steps to stopping substance use.
Look at the role that substances play in your life.
Address the underlying issues as to why a person might be using substances to deal with the stress in their life.