I bring a lifetime of interest in existential issues to my practice as a clinical counselor, psychotherapist, and counselor educator.  As a graduate of Antioch College, I have also been formed by a long tradition of progressive education. That formation has left me with a love of teaching. If you are interested in learning more, please email me at michael@mmcpsychotherapy.

For those interested, here are my current CV and my teaching philosophy.

Current CV

Teaching Philosophy

Here are my dissertation and my defense presentation.

The Influence of Personal Threat, Personal Loss, Age, Practice Characteristics, and Death Education on Counselors’ Death Anxiety and Death Acceptance

Dissertation Defense presentation

And here is my article on children and death.

The Child’s Encounter with Death

I was also interviewed for an episode of the podcast Very Bad Therapy. Here is a link to that episode.

On Grief and Loss

Professional interests

Death, dying, and bereavement
I am exploring how these issues affect counselors and their clients.

Common factors and counseling efficacy
Years of research have shown the counseling relationship accounts for more change than does any specific technique. More recent research supports the need for counselors to seek feedback from their clients.

Sexuality in counseling
Sexuality is an important issue for our clients, but is rarely addressed in counselor education programs.

Film, drama, and acting in counselor education
These arts can help counseling trainees to understand varied perspectives. They can also help trainees prepare to work with clients.


Ph.D., Counselor education, 2017
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico

M.A., Counseling, 2007
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico

B.A., American studies, 1977
Antioch College
Yellow Springs, Ohio