Mike is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 15 years of experience working with adolescents, young adults, and families. His fascination with the wild and natural environment led him to pursue a career in wilderness therapy. Inspired by the years, he spent working as a field instructor for a wilderness therapy program in the desert of Idaho. Mike went on to earn his Masters in Psychology at Seattle University in 2009. With an eagerness to serve, Mike moved to the Big Island of Hawai’i to apply his clinical skills in a horticulture setting in an outdoor behavioral healthcare program. Mike channeled his self-discipline and hard work ethic into his clinical responsibilities and leadership as the Alumni and Family Services Director. Mike engaged alumni in events, implemented programming for families, trained staff and clinicians, and presented at conferences across the country.
While in Hawai’i, Mike pursued training in the NeuroSequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), attaining an individual certification and overseeing the Hawai’i program’s site certification. Mike’s certification in NMT allowed him to study the nervous system’s response to trauma and specific approaches to brain mapping and regulating techniques. Mike is thrilled to join forces with the New Vision Wilderness team, who also specialize in treating trauma and attachment issues.
Mike recently moved to Bend, Oregon, where he resides with family. In his spare time, Mike enjoys hiking with the family, running ultramarathons, mountain biking, and surfing.