Michael earned his MA., and Ph. D. Candidacy as a Depth Psychologist, emphasis Somatic Science from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria CA. He is currently finishing his dissertation research on “Depth-Oriented Healing Methodologies as Supplemental Treatment Approaches for Veteran Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress”.
His psychodynamic Jungian-oriented philosophy is grounded in depth-oriented modalities and neurobiology, while being heavily influenced by indigenous shamanic healing practices. Highly intuitive and empathic, Michael’s approach targets the transpersonal and existential realm of the unconscious psyche and soul. This eclectic, solution-oriented ‘bottom-up’ approach bridges the gap between the conscious ego and the unconscious psyche to facilitate reconnection with our authentic self through the “wisdom of the body.”
His work encompasses numerous facets of complex trauma; depression, personality and anxiety disorders, phobias, combat-related & civilian posttraumatic stress, developmental, family of origin trauma, psycho-social disorders, physical, emotional and sexual trauma including psycho-spiritual addiction recovery counseling. Michael’s background in indigenous shamanic and psych-spiritual healing practices adds yet another deeper dimension to his soul healing work, which may include meditation and mindfulness practices, myth-poetic storytelling, initiation rites of passage, energy healing ceremonies and ritualistic practices.
He specializes in combat-related stress for reductive healing of chronic depression, hypervigilance and anxiety, survivor guilt, shame, moral injury and betrayal, sleep disturbance and nightmares, com morbid disorders and complex disorders of extreme stress (C-PTSD). His expertise extends into civilian posttraumatic stress; victim-related, natural disaster crisis, survivor and/ or perpetrator trauma.
Michael holds a B.S. in Business Administration, emphasis Marketing Management with a Minor in Speech Communications from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He has been certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise (ACE), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), in Athletic Spinal Injuries and Corrective Spine Rehabilitation from the Marina Spine Institute, while being a (T-3) cancer wellness coach, and is the Author of “Body Express Makeover” (Simon and Schuster, 2005).