A Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Clinical Director and Founder of Semillas Counseling PLLC.
Michael’s personal mission is his passion, to create a safe and meaningful therapeutic experience, generating a greater sense of self-acceptance and self-awareness, improving the quality of your relationships. Working collaboratively with each couple, Michael strives to foster a deeper sense of intimacy, commitment, and connection that will last a lifetime. He incorporates a caring, directive, solution-oriented approach to minimize the disconnection and expedite the healing process.
Michael earned his B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Community Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. He has been in the mental health field for nearly a decade and working in a private practice setting for over 5 years with a strong emphasis in working with couples and families in distress. Michael incorporates approaches from his trainings from the Gottman Institute, Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Couples Institute. He is trained in EMDR, a technique which can decrease symptoms and advance the therapeutic process.
Michael is a Certified Trainer of Mental Health First Aid (Adult) and also a Prepare/Enrich Facilitator. He also serves on Garfield Park Hospital's Polaris Community Advisory Board, Polaris is the country's first LGBTQ inpatient psychiatric program for youth ages 12-17.
Michael also delivers services in English and Spanish.
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Michael has also been recipient of Merlin W. Schultz Professional Development Grants awarded by the Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling. The Schultz Foundation facilitates positive change by ensuring that counselors and organizations are equipped to handle the emotional and social needs facing families and individuals across Illinois.