About Mike

[I wrote this about 7 years ago when I first started out as a private practice therapist.  A more recent, relationship based “about me” follows. Updates to the “About Mike” are forthcoming.]

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

M.S. Engineering and Technology Management, Colorado School of Mines

M.A. Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Naropa University

LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor

That seems like a good place to start.  Many folks do a bit of a double-take upon hearing that, followed with a “How’d that happen?”

Excelling in math and science as a kid, I declared my major in 11th grade when I fell in love with high school chemistry (yep, I said it).   My passion for problem solving (and molecular dynamics) continued through college, but after graduation I lost my path.

I bounced around from job to job, company to company, even from industry to industry, quickly adapting to what needed streamlining and process improvement, implementing the necessary changes, and then just as quickly falling into a state of boredom, despair and depression.  I even earned a masters degree along the way with a specialty in industrial psychology. After 12 years of deep frustration, one of those big, life changing events propelled me to reexamine who I was and what I wanted out of life.

I quit.  I left my corporate life behind and entered the highly experiential Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program at Buddhist-inspired Naropa University.  At Naropa, I learned cutting edge therapeutic methodologies rooted in relationship, mindfulness, and body-centered awareness, while engaging in a deep level of self exploration.   I found my experience at Naropa highly compatible with my interest in attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and Ron Kurtz’s Hakomi Method of “assisted self-study.” My passion for relationship and awareness, combined with my dexterity in assessment and problem solving, results in a unique therapeutic experience rich with insight and support for personal growth.

Contact me now to discuss how we might work together.

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[Here is an “about me” I wrote 4 years ago when I specialized in couples counseling.  I don’t work with couples anymore, but the story remains the same.]

Roughly 12 years ago, things were humming along for Mike.  After the high-tech bubble burst, I went back to graduate school and completed a management degree. I found a great job in the oil and gas industry. My relationship with my wife was good.  A child came and we were delighted (and challenged… and exhausted… like any other new parents.) Then the shocks started piling up. The loss of my mother… then my sister-in-law… then another child (surprise!)… and even the loss of our family dog.

As the stresses piled up, I checked out.  My mind went somewhere else – someplace alone and isolated from the series of shocks the universe had delivered to my doorstep. Bonds dissolved. Trust eroded. And suddenly I was faced with the reality that I had completely lost connection with my wife.

In short, we reconnected, rebuilt, and overcame the challenges we faced.  We rediscovered the rewards of love, work, and play. And not only do we reap those rewards, but our children do as well. The rebuilding and strengthening of our connection has vastly improved our relationship to our children as well as to each other.

Along the way, I made a major change of direction on my career path, went to school for counseling psychology, and discovered a talent and a passion for relationship therapy with the firm belief that a solid partnership, a strong marriage, creates a firm foundation for a vastly improved overall quality of life.

As for my credentials, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with the State of Colorado and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).  I have a master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University.   At the Colorado School of Mines, I earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering as well as a master’s degree in Engineering and Technology Management specializing in Industrial Psychology.

As a training junkie, I am certified in Gestalt Therapy, a relationship-centered therapeutic methodology, through the Gestalt Institute of the Rockies.  I have over 50 hours in training specific to working with couples both in Stan Tatkin’s Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy, PACT, and Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy, EFT, methodologies,  and nearly 100 hours of training in the Hakomi Method, a mindfulness-based, body-centered, experiential method of therapy.  I also like to geek out on the cutting edge of psychological research in the areas of interpersonal neurobiology (Dan Siegel), emotional regulation (Steven Porges),  and attachment theory (Allan Schore).

Contact me now to discuss how we might work together.