Welcome to your new journey. Making the choice to start therapy often comes about because we are tired of the way our lives are going, or we are experiencing an inevitable shift in our lives and it feels less like a choice. Perhaps you’re experiencing anxiety and you’re ready to live your life to the fullest. Maybe it’s depression and you’d like to find a deeper meaning. Or you’re engaging in addictive behaviors and you’re looking for freedom.

I want to welcome you to Examine and Quest. My name is Michael, and I’m a clinical social worker who has worked in community mental health my entire career. Examine and Quest is a psychotherapy practice in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago for mindfulness-based addiction therapy.

If you’re feeling like you’re missing out on your life or what you’re doing isn’t working anymore or even causing you more problems, you’re in the right place. My goal with Examine and Quest is to explore with my clients what the factors are that are contributing to problems and guide them on a journey of identifying and implementing skills so they can live their best life.

I work primarily from a third-wave behavioral and psychodynamic approach. That means I use a lot of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). It also means the relationship we have is going to be a catalyst for change. What’s important is that I help you to become more present in your life and in your problems so you can better cope and do less “MUPping” (mess-you-ups).

Take a few moments to explore the site. You can use the link to schedule your appointment online when you feel ready to do so.