Michael D. Burch, CADC II
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
I grew up in Vancouver, Washington, and made the jump to Oregon when I went to college in Eugene. Originally I was a business major, but I found my calling after getting some counseling myself and taking some classes. I kept going until I had my master's degree in counseling/ psychology. I since have been licensed as a professional counselor and certified as a drug and alcohol counselor. .
About my practice
In the last few years, I have been focusing more with clients on emotional management skills. Often these skills have not been developed and are sources of relapse for people who are having difficulty maintaining sobriety. I look at the client multi-dimensionally. That includes physical, mental, emotional, motivational, and social aspects. Because substance abuse effects all of one's life, it is important to address all these areas. I have worked in many agencies and I like Kaiser Permanente's approach to prevention, which allows me flexibility in my approach with each client. My treatment of choice is group therapy. Groups have a profound impact on people who feel they are the only ones dealing with a problem.
How I thrive
I practice Centering Prayer daily, which helps me immensely in the work I do. I have increased my level of exercise over the last year. My exercise routine includes going to the gym, walking, yoga stretches, and some free weights at home. I like to volunteer at the local food-bank and community garden and like puttering around in my old home. I am an avid Duck fan, but consider the Beavers my second favorite team. My wife and I try to get down to see most of the football games. I like having friends over in the summer and having a fire in our fire pit. I am a coffee snob - so you may not want to ask about my morning lattes. I have a 19-year-old son and a 16-year-old daughter and I try not to brag too much about them. I have been married for 23 years and am still going strong.