Michael is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and Washington. He has specialized in treating trauma and violence for over 20 years, working in turn with sexual abuse, domestic violence, and the full range of experiences encountered by county jail inmates. He has assisted in efforts to reestablish a peer support team in the Contra Costa Sheriffâ€™s Office. In his youth he spent several seasons as a wild land firefighter. He is a Certified Trauma Specialist with the Association of Traumatic Stress specialists, certified EMDR therapist with the EMDR International Association, a Level 1 iRestÂ® teacher, and holds a certificate of specialized training in first responder issues from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He currently has a private practice on Orcas Island in Washington.