ABOUT ME
          I have a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Lenoir- Rhyne University. I graduated in May of 2005. I regularly participate in professional development activities which allow me to better serve you as a counselor. In December 2006, I became a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in the state of North Carolina. I also became a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate (LCAS-A) in March 20018.  I have experience working with adults and children with Mental Health and Substance Use issues.​ I have a background in crisis services and individual therapy and have treated numerous clients, both women and men, with a history of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.
          For as long as I can remember I have been told that I help others feel  better about themselves or difficult situations in their lives. This has not been through offering some "grand solution" to their problems but through a willingness to listen and offer kindness to people in need at anytime. I strive to bring this quality into the way I practice counseling. I truly see helping others as a privilege and my being in the counseling field as a calling from God. 
                                                                      
 
Michael Reel, MA, LCMHC, LCAS-A
 
 
Counseling Approach
 
          I view problems people have in their lives as developmental in nature. This means at certain times in a person’s life they can expect to face particular challenges and the person may seek counseling in order to address them.

 

          I approach Mental Health Counseling from a Person-Centered and Cognitive Behavioral orientation. I approach Substance Use Counseling from a Motivational Interviewing and Harm Reduction orientation. I believe you have the right to choose what is best for you. As the client, you will be able to direct the course of your treatment. You will also set your own goals for the counseling process and will be allowed to determine what services you need to meet your goals. During your sessions, you will be treated with respect and unconditional positive regard without judgment of what you “should” or “should not” do. I am here to listen and help you discover resources within yourself, through personal relationships, and in the community in a way that best meets your personal needs. This approach requires you to be honest as we discuss your needs. Remember, your goals and objectives will be the focal point of our session.

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