My name is Michael Bishop, I have Marriage & Family Therapy License. I enjoy approaching therapy with an open mind and heart, getting to know clients through their experiences and values. I believe life can be a process of continuous changes and transitions challenging all of us to develop new skills and relationships.
While the structure of therapy can be similar, I truly strive to build therapeutic relationships through a client-centered approach unique to everyone. I utilize a foundation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to support a mindful approach to developing the insight and awareness clients can rely upon to turn life's challenges into growth.
I have typically assessed and supported clients challenged by anxiety, depression, stress, and coping. I enjoy collaborating with clients transitioning from incarcerated settings, single parents, those who struggle with violence and impulsivity, relationship issues, goal-setting, and personal growth.
My communication style
Working with me feels like a real relationship without judgment. I encourage clients to grasp their strengths and challenges with the intention of building confidence to move forward. Sessions are collaborative, engaging, and honest, filled with the humor and tears life requires of us.
My journey to mental healthcare
I was drawn to become a therapist because we weren't intended to deal with life alone, I believe the obstacles we face are invitations to learn and opportunities to be a better form of yourself tomorrow. I feel driven by the strengths I see in others and the potential we can find in chaos.
My goals for you
I approach setting goals by understanding the purpose and intention of the client. I believe realistic and attainable goals are a result of a collaborative effort by both of us, working within the strengths and abilities of the client.
My first session with you
I approach every first session with the focus of learning what clients want to do with their time in therapy. I am open to "getting down to business" or getting to know each other at a pace comfortable for you. Initial sessions often involve assessing current forms of coping and goals for the next session and overall treatment.