Michael specializes in treating patients with PANIC ATTACKS, PHOBIAS, OCD, SOCIAL ANXETY, DEPRESSION, PTSD, and GENERALIZED ANXIETY using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Response Prevention techniques—proven approaches that yield superior outcomes. He also works closely with COUPLES, addressing the misconceptions they bring into their relationship, including the mistaken belief that “the other person must make me happy”; “if I change the other person, my life would be better”; if they cared about me, they would change”; or “if they can’t love me the way my parents did, then they don’t love me at all.”
Heidi’s passion is helping adolescents and adults struggling with EATING DISORDERS, SELF-INJURY, MOOD DISORDERS, BIPOLAR DISORDER, or SUBSTANCE or SEXUAL ABUSE. Her clinical skills and empathic nature make her the ideal professional to address these and other concerns. She also has a hunger for helping couples struggling with INTIMACY ISSUES—paying special attention to how each perceives and experiences love. This allows couples to develop and maintain enthusiasm with themselves and their partner, especially after one of them has experienced trauma or infidelity.
Michael effectively treats ANXIETY, GRIEF & LOSS, DEPRESSION, ANGER ISSUES, RELATIONSHIP STRUGGLES and more, using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which invites individuals to open up to unpleasant feelings and learn not to overreact to them. Whatever someone is struggling with—SUBSTANCE ABUSE, MULTICULTURAL CONFLICTS, PERSONALITY DISORDER, or other SPECIALTIES—Michael finds the right solution for them so that they can move past their fears. A home-school parent, Michael also works with co-op STUDENTS and FAMILIES. No challenge is too big or small for him.
A mental health clinician in the strongest sense of the word, Amanda is also not afraid to tackle DEPRESSION, SELF-ESTEEM ISSUES, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SEXUAL ASSAULT, and GRIEF & LOSS. Her non-judgmental, compassionate nature allows clients to safely explore their thoughts and feelings as they work through the difficult situations that they face. Families also rely on her for PARENTING SKILLS and for concerns their CHILDREN may have—ADD, ADHD, BULLYING, SOCIAL ANXIETY—whether they are in elementary or middle school, or are younger and have not yet reached kindergarten age.
Stephanie uses an eclectic approach to therapy involving many different strategies to fit a person’s needs, but she also employs specialized Strengths-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Strengths-Based CBT does not solely focus on positives while ignoring concerns. Instead, strength-Based CBT means discovering how to recognize and help individuals identify their strengths so they can identify resiliencies within themselves, as they learn new skills and to solve problems.
A graduate of Aurora University, Maria earned a master of social work degree, with an emphasis on solutions-focused, strengths-based therapy. This goal-directed collaborative approach to psychotherapeutic change is accomplished, as Maria said, through directly observing a person’s responses to a series of precisely constructed questions. The result helps individuals—including couples and families—break out of vicious problem-cycles and develop constructive, customized solutions.
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EricPatient since 2015
I have been counseling with Michael since January of 2015. He is not afraid to point out errors in attitudes or actions, based on biblical views. He is the most compassionate, genuine therapist I have ever had the pleasure of working with, and I would not hesitate to also call him friend.
SarahPatient since 2012
My husband and I were referred to Michael Angelo by our pastor's wife back in 2012. Long story short, he saved our marriage. He is a very straight forward counselor and doesn't sugar coat anything. He told each of us what we were doing wrong or what we could do to help improve our marriage, and it worked. So thankful to have met him and to still be able to meet with him on occasion.
Michael is kind, caring and compassionate and has provided me with the tools and resources I need to overcome my struggles and move forward in a positive new life direction. He has given me helpful insight into my anxiety issues and has helped me to build up my confidence and self esteem. I value and appreciate the life tools Michael has provided me with.
I am a mom, a wife, and a professional juggling the ins and outs of life, with a history of bipolar disorder. Recently, I came to a point that I needed help dealing with my anger and managing life. Encompass Counseling has been one of the most beneficial therapeutic services in my experience. I am in a better place now, and I am continuing to grow as a person. I would recommend this service to anyone on the journey to gain a better state of being.