Michael is a Utah native and received his Master of Social Work clinical degree from the University of Utah. He has a rich professional background working with young adults, adolescents, and families in a variety of therapeutic settings. During his collegiate studies, Michael worked in residential and day-treatment programs at Primary Children's Hospital supporting emotional and behavioral health struggles. He also interned in Washington, D.C., helping put on national conferences for Child Abuse & Neglect and Head Start. Following the completion of his graduate degree and Master's internship, he co-managed an adolescent intensive outpatient program, carried cases in day treatment and inpatient units, and assisted crisis intervention at the Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) with the University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics.
Another formative time in Michael's career was his role as a Primary Therapist for a premier residential treatment center serving adolescent females and their families. This opportunity allowed him to work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team consisting of a psychiatrist, fellow clinicians, teachers, milieu managers, and nursing staff. During his seven-year tenure there, Michael was trained and certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), informing approach, philosophical concepts and skills to improve relationships, mindfulness practice, and emotional management of distress. Michael has experience providing Exposure and Response Prevention, (ERP) a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
After his move to Colorado, Michael’s clinical work included outpatient therapy at a nonprofit, CEC, including therapeutic support for underserved populations. There, he became certified in Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT), an evidence-based approach valuing the importance of the therapeutic relationship in counseling. In addition, he taught as an adjunct professor at Colorado Mesa University and gained valuable experience working with college students. Michael brings 15 years of clinical work with young people and their families to Waypoint’s Young Adult Program.
Michael offers an encouraging, empathic, and contemplative style to support residents and their journeys toward health and wellness. His approach is strength-based, steeped in family system theory, interwoven with mindfulness, and packed with patience. Residents will be empowered to explore new perspectives, develop healthy coping skills, and discover their resiliency. Michael is known and appreciated for his communication skills, insight, and his ability to build rapport with clients. His warm and accepting approach to therapy creates a safe and healing environment, allowing positive resolution and change.
Outside of work, Michael’s two greatest passions are his family and the great outdoors. He feels fortunate to be back in Utah with his young family and looks forward to creating new memories. He enjoys hiking, camping, and loves being awed by nature. Otherwise, you may find him cheering unabashedly at a sporting event (or at the TV), gardening quietly in the backyard, traveling, or getting involved in community causes.