About Michael

I am a psychotherapist, educator, and visual and theater artist. One side of my family identified strongly as Native, but withheld our tribal heritage from us. The other side identified as European and settler.  In childhood I had a life-threatening case of Polio, an experience that taught me much about challenge, struggle, and healing, and continues to inform my work.

I have been a shamanic practitioner for almost forty years, and have learned from many generous teachers.

I am a Vermont Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and have worked, since 1980, in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings.

My life partner, Jennie Kristel, and I work together with couples and families, and with individuals who are facing life crises, trauma, or serious illness.

My work is firmly rooted in my family’s life ways, and in the healing traditions of my teachers.  Whether our time together involves shamanic aid and curanderismo, psychotherapy, or coaching, we will honor the creative presence of the sacred in your life.

Learn more about Shamanic Aid or my approach to Psychotherapy.

Please Note:  Many shamanic ideas and techniques can be useful in psychotherapy. However, shamanic practice is not currently considered within the scope of practice for psychotherapy and may not be covered by insurance.