Michael has been trained in and continues to be influenced by a number of different theories, practices, and research, which enable him to offer clients a unified, integrated treatment approach that can be tailored to their specific needs.
Prior to joining BIIP, he maintained an independent therapy practice in Chicago since 2009, offering weekly therapy, intensive early trauma resolution work, and consultation services for both EMDR and non-EMDR therapists. Additionally, and at times concurrently, Michael has been engaged in the following work:
Substance use therapist for individuals and groups in the Recovering with Pride Program at Howard Brown Health Center, the largest LGBTQ-focused health center in the Midwest, located in Chicago. Michael worked both in abstinence-based and harm reduction models, and, in early 2012, developed and facilitated one of the very first ongoing harm reduction therapy groups in the Chicago area, modeled on the ground-breaking work of Jeannie Little and Patt Denning in San Francisco.
Psychiatric social worker at one of the largest inpatient psychiatric treatment facilities in Illinois. Michael served for three years as a program therapist working with adolescents, adults, and older adults struggling with acute mental health difficulties. His third year was almost entirely dedicated to serving the needs of psychologically compromised older adults struggling with varied forms of dementia complicated by histories of unresolved trauma, chronic substance use, and, often, family neglect. Additionally, Michael also provided individual clinical supervision for Master’s level interns and post-graduates seeking licensure, as well as peer consultation to licensed practitioners.
Residential treatment therapist, offering individual and group therapies to acutely traumatized adolescent wards of the State of Illinois and, in a different setting, adults struggling with lifelong, unresolved trauma, and HIV and AIDS in Chicago’s inner city. With his adolescent clients, Michael relied heavily upon creative expression as a means for engaging the young people for whom there rarely were words adequate to describe their experience.
More detailed information about Michael’s professional and academic histories may be found via his profile on LinkedIn.
Education and Training
Michael was trained as a clinical social worker at The School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, from which he graduated in 2006. He achieved full licensure as a Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois in 2009 (Lic. #149.013425), and as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2013 (Lic. # SW117870) in the State of Washington in 2014 (Lic. #SWI.LW.60534498). Since that time, he has continued to pursue a variety of professional development opportunities. He also participates in ongoing peer consultation to keep his psychological pencils sharpened.
Michael is an Approved Consultant through the EMDR International Association and is a Certified EMDR therapist. Michael has also participated in advanced training for the use of EMDR therapy in treating addictions and compulsions, affect phobias, and early trauma, as well as techniques for integrating somatic methods and Ego State Therapy to ensure successful reprocessing.
In additional to his professional pursuits, Michael also has a great passion for Black film from the 1960s to 1970s, terribly obscure British comedy, antique carnival glass, vintage and designer furniture, lots of music that no one ever seems to have heard of, and his doggies, among other things.