Michael has nearly two decades of working with children and families in a variety of settings, including as a Multi-Systemic Therapist, Clinical Director, Children’s Pastor, Camp Counselor and speaker. After serving as a Children’s pastor, he went on to obtain his Master or Arts in Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. Following seminary, Michael worked at The Buckeye Ranch in Columbus Ohio as a Multi-Systemic Therapist, working with individuals 12-18 and their families. The primary focus was to help change the family system to help assist the child change their delinquent and defiant behaviors.
Michael founded and leads Gateway Family Services of Illinois, providing trauma focused-equine assisted psychotherapy, Individual & Family Therapy. This team is working individuals and families across the lifespan who have experienced trauma. Michael has spent nearly a decade working with youth in the foster care system & post-adoption. Gateway Family Services is also working with the VA Illiana Health Care System to provide services to veterans. In addition to Gateway Family Services, Michael is currently the Executive Director of Hooves of Hope, a faith based mentoring program. Michael is passionate about neuroscience and understanding the impact of trauma on the brain. Michael has begun Phase II/TTT with the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics course taught by the leading trauma expert Bruce D. Perry MD, PhD and is also pursuing EMDR certification. Michael is also a trainer for Natural Lifemanship, the model of therapy that incorporates the Neurosequential Model to understand human and horse brain development.
Michael was recently inducted into the International Association of Health Care Providers, being recognized as a leader in his field.
In Michael’s spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Gabby & their twin boys, riding horses, photography, playing the piano & building projects.