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Michael Dahnke, LMHC

Clinician

   I attempt to take a practical but global approach to counseling.  At some point in time in the counseling process, it may be important to delve into past events to make sense of what happened, and how those events may be impacting our emotional state now, in the present.  However, at some point in time in the counseling process it will likely become more important to find and practice ways to change the way we are thinking and/or behaving in order to bring about more lasting (and I believe helpful) change.

   I have experience working in public schools, alternative schools, hospice, emergency department, community, and private practice settings.  I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, and elderly clients.  My clients have had varied socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.  What remains important across all of these settings is tailoring the treatment to the individual, taking into account each individual’s strengths, needs, supports, as well as each individual’s unique psychosocial history and current situation.

   I love what I do.  Through the counseling process, I attempt to provide each and every client the opportunity and supporting skills to leave the counseling experience better prepared to meet whatever life brings.  As I am certain that each client I work with benefits from my experience from past clients, I also benefit from the opportunity to work closely with clients to help them reach their goals.  This is why I love what I do.