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

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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

Anxiety

Life transitions

Men's health

Stress

Coping Skills

General Expertise

Careers

Relationship Issues

Self-Esteem

Race & Cultural Identity

Chronic illness

Family issues

Sleep & insomnia issues

LGBTQIA related issues

In-Network Insurance

UMR

UnitedHealthCare (UHC)

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare

Optum

Oscar Health

Oxford Health Plans

Fees

Family Therapy$150
Individual Therapy$125

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

  • Georgia, Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC006622
  • New Jersey, Licensed Professional Counselor, 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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Michael Becerra, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC, LPC

It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Michael Becerra, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC, LPC, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.

Is Michael Becerra, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC accepting new clients?

Yes, Michael Becerra, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC is accepting new clients.

Does Michael Becerra, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC accept insurance?

Yes, Michael Becerra, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC accepts insurance, including Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Optum, Oscar Health, Oxford Health Plans, UMR and UnitedHealthCare (UHC).

What types of therapy does Michael Becerra, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC offer?

Michael Becerra, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC offers therapy for families and individuals.

Does Michael Becerra, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC offer in-person appointments?

No, but people in Georgia and New Jersey can book Michael Becerra, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC for virtual appointments (teletherapy).

Does Michael Becerra, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC offer online therapy?

Yes, Michael Becerra, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC offers online therapy to people in Georgia and New Jersey.

How quickly can I see Michael Becerra, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC?

Michael Becerra, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.

What languages does Michael Becerra, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC speak?

Michael Becerra, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC conducts therapy sessions in English.

Can I book an appointment with Michael Becerra, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC online?

Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Michael Becerra, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.