Michael J. Sanchez-Scholes, MSW, CSWA
Clinical Social Work Associate
Through my extensive service in the community while working with diverse groups of people, I have developed an understanding that our differences are some of the most amazing things about us. The differences in our cultures create and share unique connections with individuals, families, communities, and more. However, it can also be a source of adversity that causes pain and suffering in our lifestyles. Whether you are struggling with undischarged traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts, overwhelming emotions, or grief & loss; trauma is introduced into our lives, albeit the past, present, or future. Sometimes we can get lost in the fog and our paths become unclear.
As we embark on this journey together, we will draw from your personal values and strengths that go beyond resiliency. I will actively support your exploration to optimize your quality of life that fosters trust and acceptance. I am committed to providing psychotherapy that facilitates growth through skills-based practice, goal-settings, collaboration, support, and a person-centered approach that is trauma-informed. As a strength-based provider, I will be a guide in your journey that draws from your learned experience and explore the enriching qualities of your identity. I am culturally responsive and serve individuals from dominant majority culture, BIPOC, LGBTQIA2SAA, and others with intersectional dimensions to their identities.
I draw from different therapeutic models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Additionally, I use principles and interventions from a combination of humanistic interventions such as Gestalt, Narrative Therapy, and Expressive Arts Therapy. I draw from various theoretical frameworks to inform my practice such as Systems Theory, Psychosocial Development Theory, Trauma Theory, Intersectionality Theory, and Cultural Identity Theory.
More About Michael J. Sanchez-Scholes
I have over eight years working in a combination of mental health and social service-related vocations in the Lane County area serving individuals from the dominant majority, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ populations. When I first pursued my passion of serving others, it was as a bereavement counselor for youth, ages 5-17. Later on, I worked with adjudicated youth, ages 12-17 and formerly convicted adults in residential settings preparing to transition back into society, which increased my understanding of systemic barriers that impact BIPOC. Thus, my drive to pursue social work was born. Prior to my work as a therapist, I served children and families struggling with housing needs, addiction, mental health, and legal issues until 2021.
I hold a Master of Social Work (MSW) with a clinical concentration and specialization of integrated behavioral health from Portland State University. Additionally, I hold a Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSW) from Portland State University, and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Human Services/Criminal Justice studies from Lane Community College. During my time as a provider, I have specialized working with individuals struggling with trauma, grief, and loss. I will be offering EMDR services starting in February of 2023. My Oregon state license number is: A13473.
Can I Help You?
I treat patients for:
- BIPOC Related Issues
- LGBTQIA+ Related Issues
- Traumatic Events, Trauma, PTSD
- Veteran Issues