Licensed Clinical Social Worker
M.A, M.Div., D.Min.
- Anxiety and Panic Disorders
- Depression and Stress
- Grief and Loss
- Marital and Family Conflict
- Substance Misuse and Addiction
- Trauma recovery
- Older Adult
Mike serves as Executive Director, focusing on SamaraCare effectively fulfilling its mission. He previously served as a Clinical Director of SamaraCare for 6 years. He is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and experienced consultant to clergy and congregations on areas including leadership, strategic planning, and conflict mediation. Prior to joining the SamaraCare team, he served in full-time parish ministry for 15 years, most recently as the senior pastor of a multi-staff congregation.
Mike is honored to be a part of the healing process that occurs in individuals, couples, and families through therapy. He uses a variety of therapeutic approaches and relies heavily on Bowen family systems theory that views the family as an emotional unit that’s intensely connected. He is also a Certified Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) Practitioner. NET can be used to help individuals identify and let go of “stuck” mind-body stress patterns. Mike works with adults, couples, families, and older adults and specializes in treating anxiety and panic disorders, depression and stress, marital and family conflict, grief and loss, spirituality/faith/existential, and trauma recovery.
Mike received an M.A. in clinical social work from the University of Chicago and a M.Div. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. His D.Min. is from Northern Seminary, where he taught courses in pastoral care and counseling, conflict mediation, and Bowen family systems theory. He currently serves on the Good Samaritan Hospital Community Health Council.
Besides spending time with family, Mike’s main interest is music. He’s an active upright and electric bassist.
Mike sees clients in Naperville, and via teletherapy.
Mike accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, Medicare PPO, and United Behavioral Health PPO.