When people come to treatment with problems, it is important to remember that they are trying to cope with them in the best way they can.
With that in mind, I offer a reflective and engaging partnership with my patients, working toward the goal of helping them to be authentic and compassionate in a world that can be extremely stressful.
Although my work is solidly grounded in psychodynamic, cognitive/learning, and systems theories, my approach is client-centered, practical and strengths-based. I try to bring honesty, warmth, and humor to the therapy relationship. I am LGBTQ affirmative, and invested in doing cross-cultural therapy which is culturally sensitive.
Many therapists know little about video games, and they may dismiss it as unimportant, or assume it is a problem. I am gamer-affirmative therapist, meaning I am more interested in understanding your in-world experience and activity than pathologizing it.
Here are some recent webcasts featuring Mike:
Rethinking Gaming Addiction, Part 1
Rethinking Gaming Addiction, Part 2