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Mike Shirek, MA


Mike has a master’s degree from Lesley University in clinical mental health counseling with a specialization in expressive arts therapies. He received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Harvard University. He is a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and is working towards becoming a licensed mental health counselor and registered expressive arts therapist. Mike has experience working in both partial-residential hospital and non-profit community settings. 

Mike is experienced in working with adults living with OCD as well as with people grieving the loss of an immediate family member. He further aims to work with individuals living with mood disorders, impulse control/compulsive disorders and addictions. He has experience in exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy, CBT and DBT skills, expressive arts interventions, trauma-informed care and narrative therapy techniques. He is committed to honoring individuals’ personal stories and experiences and seeks to empower individuals to pursue meaningful changes in their lives.

Mike’s approach utilizes a variety of theoretical orientations and techniques. Much of his work draws from humanistic, narrative and existential therapeutic theory. He believes in the importance of helping individuals process and make meaning of their life experiences. He regards creativity as a potent force for healing, connection and change. Mike is passionate about working with the LGBTQIA+ community and helping those within the community work through the unique intersections of their experiences and mental health. He values social advocacy and views identity, culture, intersectionality and experiences of power as inseparable from the healing journey.

Mike is working toward independent licensure as a mental health professional. During that time, he is operating under the license of his clinical supervisor. 

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