We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell


personal statement

After a near death experience I began a ‘journey’ that led me to a career as a mental health counselor. Before I was a counselor I was a sales and marketing executive working in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry. My near death experience was a catalyst for a personal transformation. After self-introspection, exploring a career change, and personal counseling I decided to become a mental health counselor. When you go to work and it doesn’t feel like you are going to work, I think you are in the right profession. Helping my clients is both a privilege and a passion for me.


My birthplace was Stuttgart, Germany but I grew up in the United States. I have lived in Orlando for over 15 years after living in Upstate New York, Boston and Philadelphia.  I have been married to my wife for almost 25 years. My wife and I have a beautiful daughter who attends college in Upstate New York.


My life experience compliments my professional training. The ups and downs that I have experienced in life provide me with the maturity, insight and appreciation of the issues and problems my clients may experience in their lives.


Professional Training and Expertise

Michael is an experienced Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of Florida (Lic. # MH9898). His Master’s Degree in Counseling was earned at Rollins College. He is a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Certified Cognitive Therapist, and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Distance Certified Counselor (DCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).


Michael has completed the Beck Institute Supervision Program and training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is an evidenced based therapy that has proven effective in treating numerous disorders including depression and anxiety. He has also trained in cutting edge therapies like Internal Family Systems, EMDR and Gottman Couples Therapy.


Professional Associations

Michael Manchester

Michael Manchester

ma, lmhc, ncc


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