Michael D Becerra, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC

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What do you view as a key component of the therapeutic relationship?

I find that language helps create a strong therapeutic relationship. When clients know they can talk to me in Spanish/Spanglish or use curse words to tell a story or vent frustration, it allows both the client and counselor to engage without any pretense. Clients have told me that this helps them to better share their experiences and feelings.

What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?

I worked as a sleep tech running sleep studies for doctors and hospitals when I got inspired to pursue a career in counseling. That was my first time working with patients, who were mostly men and suffering from co-morbid health conditions, improve their quality of life by helping them achieve better sleep at night. I followed the career path to become a certified rehabilitation counselor working with individuals with disabilities, and then as a clinical mental health counselor working with immigrants and at-risk youth and their families. I work virtually with North American expats and volunteers living abroad (and re-adjusting to US culture), aging Gen Xers navigating midlife and career, and men seeking to improve overall wellness.

What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?

Psychedelics and technology in mental health care treatment. I think our role as mental health professionals will change dramatically as these two developments disrupt our field over the next five years. The current psychedelics research is promising for those dealing with addiction, anxiety, chronic illness/pain, depression, lifestyle changes, and trauma. Counselors will need to stay updated on research as more states pass decriminalization laws. Technology has provided the public with so many new ways to connect with counselors via telehealth.

Specialties

General Expertise

In-Network Insurance

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare

Optum

Oscar Health

Oxford Health Plans

United Healthcare

United Medical Resources

Fees

$150

Family Therapy

$125

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Individual Session

Clientele

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Adlerian Therapy

Coaching

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Structural Family Therapy

Training / Certifications

CPCS #1635 - Certified Professional Counseling Supervisor (GA)

CRC #83753 - Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

Licensure

GA, LPC, LPC006622

NJ, LPC, NJCATEMP-032324

Education

Ph.D. Counselor Education & Supervision, Texas A&M University-Commerce

M.R.C. Rehabilitation Counseling, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

B.S. Rehabilitation Services, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

A.A.S. Design/Merchandising, Wade College

Work History

I've been a licensed professional counselor and holistic coach for the past 10 years with experience working in the community, school districts, college campuses, and vocational rehabilitation agencies. I primarily work with clients from diverse backgrounds on the enhancement of their wellness regarding relationships, social interest, career fit, coping skills, and cultural identity. I've also worked as a counselor educator for close to 15 years at various traditional and for-profit institutions, mentoring cohorts of students who have gone on to complete their degrees and professional licensure. I currently provide vocational expert testimony in disability determination appeals cases for Social Security Administration as well.

Location

2 East Bryan Street, Fl 4, Savannah, 31401, GA