Mike is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Illinois. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University. In the years between, Mike explored careers in various fields and worked extensively in the helping professions before pursuing a career as a mental health counselor.
Mike completed his clinical internship at Riverwalk Counseling Center in Naperville and joined the staff as a clinical therapist in August of 2018. During this time Mike gained wide-ranging experience counseling individual clients of varying ages, from middle schoolers to older adults, with a wide variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse and trauma. He also worked extensively with Riverwalk’s Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program as a group therapist and case manager. Beginning in August of 2019, Mike will also be an adjunct instructor at Benedictine University, teaching undergraduate psychology classes at his alma mater.
Mike emphasizes a humanistic orientation in working with clients based on a respect for their uniqueness and potential, and uses a warm, empathetic approach in helping the people he works with through whatever life challenges they might be facing. Working in collaboration with his clients and using an eclectic approach to help them reach their personal goals, Mike is also skilled in using an assortment of evidence-based treatment approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to provide care specifically tailored to fit your needs.