Michael Fernandez, LMHCA earned both his Bachelor of Arts in Bible & Theology (2012) and Master of Arts in Counseling (2020) from Multnomah University in Portland Oregon. He is a licensed Mental Health Counselor (LH61427796) in the state of Washington. Michael grew up as a missionary kid and spent more than half of his childhood overseas. He has been involved in ministry for over 13 years.
Michael has worked with churches in Colorado, California, Oregon, and Washington. He has served in a number of roles including worship pastor, college ministry leadership, and youth staff. Michael worked in a student leadership position for 2 years as a resident assistant (RA) while earning his undergraduate degree. He also interned and then worked in a community development organization summer program over 2 years in Portland.
Michael uses a holistic approach to counseling, blending a foundation in neuroscience with a client-centered cognitive-behavioral focus. He uses empathy and humor to assist clients in navigating trauma, depression, and anxiety while developing emotional strength, identity, and self-worth. He has experience in public school settings as well as group practice with mostly young adult and middle-aged clients. Michael also holds a certification as a facilitator for the Prepare/Enrich couples counseling program (including pre-marital).