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Michael joined the Penn College Counseling Services staff in August 2001. He received his Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy from Bowling Green State University, where he also earned dual undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Interpersonal Communication. In addition to working as a counselor, Michael teaches several sections of psychology. Prior to coming to Penn College, Michael served as the Director of Counseling Services at Newberry College in South Carolina, worked as a counselor in The Office of Multicultural Affairs, with Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and also worked as a counselor with the University of Findlay Counseling Services in Ohio.
After almost 20 years of counseling experience, Michael's approach to helping others has evolved into an eclectic blend of Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution Focused, and Person Centered Therapies. These problem-solving approaches not only focus on building a healthy therapeutic relationship, they help challenge and guide the client in discovering more about themselves and their patterns of thinking and behavior. Additionally, this approach helps the person with unresolved emotions revolving around the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors impacting the self and interpersonal relationships. This method works especially well with students experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, communication problems, personal and family relationship difficulties, as well as a wider variety of college adjustment and transition issues.