Michael is a Utah native and received his clinical social work graduate degree from the University of Utah. He has a rich professional background working with adolescents, young adults and families in a variety of clinical settings. During his graduate studies, Michael worked at the Primary Children’s Hospital’s outpatient and day-treatment department. Following the completion of his degree he co-managed the intensive out-patient programs, assisted the inpatient units, and conducted crisis intervention at the Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of Utah.
Another formative time in Michael's clinical career was his role as a Primary Therapist for a Salt Lake City based residential treatment center, serving adolescent females and their families. This opportunity allowed him to work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team consisting of a psychiatrist, other clinicians, teachers, milieu managers, and nursing staff. During his seven-year tenure there, Michael became certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), informing approach, philosophical concepts and skills to improve relationships, mindfulness practice and emotional management of distress.
After his move to Colorado, Michael’s clinical work included outpatient therapy at a nonprofit CEC, including therapeutic support for underserved populations. In addition, he served as an adjunct professor at the Colorado Mesa University and gained valuable experience working with college students. More recently, he has certified in Feedback Informed Treatment, an evidence-based approach valuing the importance of the therapeutic relationship in counseling. Michael brings 15 years of clinical work and experience with adolescents, young adults, and their families to WayPoint Young Adult Program.
Outside of work, Michael finds his greatest joy in family and raising his two children. Otherwise, you may find him cheering unabashedly at a sporting event (or at the TV), gardening quietly in the backyard, traveling and being awed by nature, or getting involved in the community around social and political issues he cares about.