Authentic Life Counseling
Michael is a perpetual student of the heart, seeking to help others to heal their woundedness and connect with their hearts. A graduate of George Fox University with a Master's degree in marriage and family therapy, Michael also has a history of interest and practice in the art of being mindful.
Michael was introduced to the practice of meditation and mindfulness through Buddhism over twenty-five years ago and has studied under Tibetan monks of various traditions. He has participated in numerous classes and workshops over the years. While earning his Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and philosophy at Lewis and Clark College, Michael studied continental existentialism and phenomenology where he was introduced to many writings on authenticity, inauthenticity and the anxiety all humans face about how to live and create meaning in this impermanent life.
Additionally, Michael has received specialized training in Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples, Emotion Focused Therapy for Individuals, Internal Family Systems, and Motivational Interviewing.
Michael currently works Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 4pm to 9pm and Wednesdays from 1pm to 9 pm as a pre-licenced professional therapist and a Certified Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ Facilitator under the supervision of Elizabeth Limbacher, LMFT.
In addition to his practice, Michael is associated with The Northwest Institute for Integrative Counseling and Training, an organization dedicated to the study, practice, and teaching of emotion-focused therapy informed by intersubjectivity, mindfulness, and interpersonal neurobiology.