Michael Kaufman, MSW, MHP, LICSW
Every person can use help along the way. We naturally provide and seek support from friends and family during challenging experiences. But sometimes we need more than they or we can provide.
Still in our country and in our cultures therapy has a stigma for many, if not most people. Seeking a therapist is not the first step in change. It takes courage to acknowledge that you need extra help; let alone to start the daunting process of finding a professional.
I believe the key to therapy is in building a trusting relationship with your clinician. Therapy cannot be forced, and you must be able to relate to and trust the person if you are going to open up, share challenging issues and be receptive to their input.
I try to build such a relationship by being who I present myself to be, listening without judgement and doing my very best to understand you and your experiences.
DEGREES AND EXPERIENCE
I received my Masters degree in Social Work at Arizona State University, and my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Philosophy and Sculpture at the University of Arizona. I worked in Seattle from 2015 to 2018 as an Intensive In-Home Child and Family Therapist for the Institute for Family Development's Homebuilders program. From 2009 to 2015, I worked for Providence Service Corporation, a Community Mental Health Center in Tucson, Arizona, as an ongoing Child, Family, and Group Therapist for children and adolescents. From 2001 to 2015, I volunteered in the field of grief and loss as a group facilitator for children and adolescents ages three to eighteen years-old. I have been Reiki 1 certified in the Usui school since 2002, have been a Hospice volunteer, and worked for Americorps as a Team Leader creating and implementing service learning projects for teens.
I am licensed in the State of Washington as a Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and a licensed Mental Health Professional (MHP): Child Mental Health Specialist, as well as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of Arizona.
I believe that my clients are the experts of themselves and their families. I am client-centered, strengths-based and solution-focused. My intention is to join with you to assist you on your journey to greater understand yourself and your relationships. I believe that my job is to listen without judgement and to do my best to understand how your mind operates (why you do what you do) to help you move towards the goal(s) that you identify to heal yourself, your relationships, and/or overcome barriers that you are aware of (or not) that have led to this point. I am happy to include an energetic/ spiritual perspective in my therapy approach, or not; whatever you prefer.
I worked with children and adolescents (ages three to twenty-one) for over six years as as an office and school-based ongoing Child and Family Therapist. I primarily focused on long-term Individual Therapy for children of all ages, cognitive abilities, behaviors, cultures, life experiences, trauma levels and family structures.
When I moved to Seattle, I became an Intensive In-Home Child and Family Therapist for over three years. I primarily worked with famiies short-term (one month), four to five times a week, for ten hours a week in their homes. To put this in perspective, we would do a year's worth of therapy (forty hours) in a month! Though I was assigned to work with all family members (ages birth to seventy-five), I spent the majority of each session working with the parent(s)/ caretaker(s) in Individual, Couples and Family Therapy. I also regularly taught positive parenting skills.
A year before joining Mindful Therapy Group, I started a part-time private practice in which I primarily provide Couples therapy and Individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults.
In addition, I have over fourteen years of experience volunteering and interning in the field of grief and loss.