“Trustworthy relationships are built on a foundation of goodwill. Couples with solid trust are able to give each other the benefit of the doubt in conflict, and they weather conflicts more easily because of it.” ― Gina Senarighi
Michael is trained and practises as a clinical psychologist, and is additionally also equipped with couples therapy competencies. Michael’s journey as a specialised couples counsellor ironically started because of his own poor experience with a marital counsellor which highlighted to him the importance of an ethical, effective and practical approach to couples counselling.
For couples therapy, Michael subscribes to Gottman’s relationship principles for growth as well as Minuchin’s principles of conflict resolution. He views his ability to bring couples together to effectively resolve conflict as a calling and enjoys making a difference in people’s lives through helping people work through relationship concerns. Michael has been conducting couples therapy since 2014.
Michael’s counselling style is driven by positive psychology, and a person-centred approach with a strong emphasis on empathy, and compassion (Rogerian approach). In addition to this, he often blends into his sessions Cognitive Behavioural, Emotional and Solution Focused approaches. Michael also takes a dialectical stance in using “nudges” to help clients move towards constructive behavioural change and adopting helpful habits.
Michael is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, and Registered Clinical Psychologist with Singapore Psychological Society. Michael is also a Singapore Registered Psychologist (SRP) Approved Supervisor. He holds a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from University of Texas, USA, and is currently a PhD candidate in Behavioral Science from Universiti of Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia.
Michael helps clients with a wide range of issues, including stress, burnout, depression, anxiety, family issues, relationship problems, LGBTQ+ struggles, anger, addictions. Michael also has a sub-specialty in occupational psychology.
In addition to mental health counselling, he has significant experience in analysing organisational behaviour, career counselling, training, intelligence testing and diagnostics, learning deficiency testing, and personality profiling and assessment.
Michael currently resides in Singapore.