Location: Townsville

Michael is a Psychosocial Therapist and Recovery Specialist with a passion for strengthening individuals, families and communities.

He is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker with over 20 years experience delivering health and wellbeing programs and services. Michael has a Bachelor of Community Welfare and a Bachelor of Social Work from James Cook University, as well as being a qualified Community Mediator through the Department of Justice and Attorney General.

Being a Townsville local raised in a defence family and witnessing the behaviours attributed to PTSD has been a primary motivator for Michael working in the mental health sector. He is the father of a child who has a disability which has motivated his ongoing commitment to assist all people to be valued in society. Michael says he enjoys working with people from various backgrounds and finds that people who have a disability or mental health concerns are some of the most sensitive, nicest and most talented people.

He has over 25 years experience working within the mental health and disability sector and is a leader and advocate for people who have been marginalised. He has a firm belief that people who have a mental illness or disability can make a valuable contribution to the community.

Michael works with people in the areas of anxiety and depression management, anger management, bipolar disorder, relationship issues, intellectual disabilities, positive behavioural supports and pain disorders. He also provides training to support workers in managing specific challenging behaviours and outcomes.

Michael is passionate about helping clients feel a sense of empowerment and mastery over thoughts, feeling and behaviours. He gets great satisfaction from supporting clients to identify their strengths, values and resources and then demonstrate this with positive life choices and goals for now and the future.