Michael StephensLMFT

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What’s the most profound, insightful, or interesting thing you’ve learned as a mental health professional?

Perhaps the most profound insight I have come to realize and accept working with clients with diverse backgrounds and complex issues is that the only thing I know for sure, is that I do not know anything for sure. This insight helps me to sit with another without too quickly jumping to conclusions or judging. It helps me to keep an open mind and to foster tolerance and humility.

What is your style/approach to therapy?

I work in a collaborative and person-centered manner. Applied interventions are designed to empower clients through a strength-based focus. A primary goal is to help clients reactivate previous responses to adversity that helped them restore a sense of ease and balance in their life. I sometimes help clients to reframe their challenges to drawn attention away from self-imposed limitations towards potential present and future possibilities.

In what ways have your personal experiences influenced your work with your clients?

My past learning and experience as well as years of companioning clients in need helps me work effectively and empathetically in moments of difficulty and struggle. As a facilitator/guide who continually strives to maintain an open mind, I am able to offer, for consideration, alternative perspectives, ways of engaging challenging situations, and possible courses of action to take that lead to resolution and/or accommodation in a safe and supportive environment.




Caregiver stress & support

Life transitions

Cancer Support

General Expertise


Work Stress

Relationship Issues

Race & Cultural Identity

Aging related concerns

Chronic illness

Chronic pain




First Session


Family Therapy


Couples Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Couples Session

Individual Session


Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Existential Therapy

Humanistic Therapy

Integrative Therapy

Marriage and Family Therapy

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Transpersonal Therapy

Training / Certifications

LMFT License #42307


CA, LMFT, 42307


MPH - Masters in Public Health, Population health, UC Berkeley

MA - Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University

Work History

I focus on mental health challenges associated with major change and transition, especially those related to caregiving, life limiting or chronic illness, end of life, dying, and death. I have worked with both large and small health organizations and hospitals serving patients, caregivers, and loved ones through home health services, hospice, and in skilled nursing facilities.


2051 Hilltop Dr., Suite A-17C, Redding, 96002, CA