Michael obtained his Masters’ Degree in Social Work from the New York University Silver School of Social Work before completing post-graduate training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Advanced Clinical Supervision and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Training. Michael is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Pennsylvania, and a Certified EMDR Therapist. Michael is the founder and CEO of MTR Therapy and practices out of the Philadelphia location at Rittenhouse Square and provides In-Home Therapy to children and adolescents in the state of New Jersey via the Children’s System of Care. Michael is the co-founder of the Diversity of Us Annual Summit in Philadelphia. Diversity of Us is the first platform for clinicians of color to share, speak, and teach about their experiences. Michael is also the founder of Get LYT, Live Your Truth, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the mission of MTR Therapy of increasing access. Get LYT provides access to financial scholarships for individuals receiving and looking to receive mental health care.
Michael utilizes a multi-faceted theoretical approach to treatment that includes trauma-focused, psychodynamic, relational and harm reduction as well as motivational interviewing, solution focusing and family systems therapy. He also integrates somatic experiencing and fitness into sessions working with clients on increasing body awareness. He specializes in trauma and works extensively with clients who have experienced sexual trauma and trauma related to identity: racial/ethnic, cultural, gender, and sexual orientation. Michael is bi-lingual in Spanish, and has worked in both the private and public sector providing mental health services to children, adolescents and adults battling issues surrounding ADHD, ASD and ODD, PTSD, LGBTQIA+-based services, public health issues, family and couple counseling, and other mental health illnesses/disorders.
Beginning in 2011, Michael has helped author several articles as well as presented across the United States on topics surrounding LGBTQ+-related issues, transmission of and prevention of sexually-transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS, and sociological topics regarding daily life for a LGBTQ+ person. He has also presented in trauma conferences and provides clinical consultation to non-profit agencies in the Philadelphia area and parts of New Jersey. Michael has taught graduate level courses on multicultural counseling and clinical practice. Michael is currently a board member at the Gestalt Training Institute of Philadelphia (GTIP) and the Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV & AIDS (PASWHA).