A curiosity for the unknown has drawn Michael to the helping profession. The core of his approach is to provide a comfortable environment to engage in genuine, productive diaglogue, exploring challenges and pursuing goals. Michael's clients appreciate that he is approachable, direct and uses scientific approaches (CBT), while possessing a positive, open-minded attitude.
Michael has long been involved in teaching and training psychology graduate and undergraduate students, who have informed his work. He taught Developmental Psychology, trained in assessment and treatment of executive functioning skills and has supervised numerous graduate students from top tier programs in Seattle. He learns and regularly seeks feedback from students and trainees to develop his professional weaknesses (which he is happy to openly share!). Further, he has been lucky to work alongside the best and brightest colleagues in his field at top academic institutions (U of Washington, Yale).
Michael draws upon a background rich in a unique variety of experiences. His professional skills are influenced by a background in travel, volunteerism and coaching sports. His athletic background provides him with first-hand experience in group dynamics and persistence in work ethic. Further, Michael obtained an abundance of experiential learning while budget backpacking and volunteering through Central and South America. Traveling has helped him gain unique perspectives in cultural differences, but more importantly commonalities in human nature.