Growing up I, Michael Borenstein, always knew I wanted a career where I would be able to help people and have a positive impact in their lives.
I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Rutgers University in New Jersey where I earned a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. After graduating I moved to Washington, DC where I attended The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, DC campus for my Masters in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling. In 2017 my wife and I moved to Charlotte and have loved getting to know the city.
Being from Baltimore, I am a big Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens fan. In my spare time I enjoy going to concerts, sporting events, traveling with my wife, hiking, and playing with our dog Charlotte (who you can meet in the office on some days).
I love to travel and learn about different people, cultures, and customs. During my time in college I was fortunate enough to live in Rome, Italy for five months. While studying abroad I was able to travel to six different countries where I was immersed in many different cultures which helped me learn and grow as a person.
Throughout my life I have been faced with many challenges and difficulties that I was able to overcome to help me get to where I am today. My counseling style takes into consideration the individual differences and developmental stage of each client, while demonstrating respect for the client’s beliefs, customs, and socio-cultural values. My theoretical approach involves integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Gestalt Therapy. The approaches I use are based on what each individual is in need of at the time. Together we can work towards exploring your views and beliefs on past experiences and working together to achieve your goals in therapy.
My ideal aged client is 7 and up.