Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, State of Illinois #180010064
Clinical Director and Founder of Semillas Counseling PLLC.
My personal mission is my passion to create a safe and meaningful therapeutic experience, generating a greater sense of self-acceptance and self-awareness, to improve the quality of your relationships. Working collaboratively with each couple, I strive to foster a deeper sense of intimacy, commitment, and connection that will last a lifetime. I incorporate a caring, directive, solution-oriented approach to minimize the disconnection and expedite the healing process.
I have been in the mental health field for over 12 years, working in a private practice setting for over 8 years with a strong emphasis in working with couples and families in distress.
My approach incorporates training from the Evanston Family Therapy Center, Gottman Institute, Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Couples Institute. I am also trained in EMDR, a technique which can decrease symptoms and advance the therapeutic process. I am also a Certified Trainer of Mental Health First Aid (Adult) and also a Prepare/Enrich Facilitator.
Education: B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Community Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University.
Services available in English and Spanish.
Additionally, Michael provides supervision and hosts/facilitates clinical training for provisionally licensed therapists and counseling interns in the Chicagoland area to support their objectives toward developing their work with couples. Michael is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a member of the American Counseling Association. He also serves on the board of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.
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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.
Semillas Counseling PLLC now offers telehealth sessions to clients as an alternative
to an in-office visit, which can enable you to connect with our clinicians
while reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 or further illness.