Mike Newman, MA, LMFT
Kent – Mon & Wed
Issaquah – Tue & Thu
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
As your Christian counselor, I will help you improve your relationship with God and others. My desire is for you to experience God in an authentic, loving relationship as the foundation of your security and confidence. To achieve this, we’ll need to identify and resolve the obstacles and barriers that keep you from that ultimate relationship. Some of my primary goals in therapy also include a strong emphasis on healthy communication, problem solving, and a balanced view of oneself.
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
With nearly three decades of counseling experience, I cater each therapy session to your individual needs and comfort levels. I will encourage you to communicate openly and with ongoing feedback so I know what you expect and what you would like to focus on during our time together. With empathy and genuine interest, I use Christian principles and therapeutic methods to restore wholeness and healing to the broken parts of your life, with God’s help.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
My philosophy of therapy is holistic, meaning that I believe people are made up of many parts: body, soul (mind, emotions, will), and spirit. These parts must function in a balanced relationship in order for us to thrive. How we feel about ourselves and how we view the world affects the quality of our relationships.
When we can balance a positive identity with our role in the world while also remaining connected to others, we feel whole. Brokenness can occur if any of these relationships are out of balance. In therapy, I help my clients assess the factors and patterns that are contributing to the lack of balance so they can figure out how to become whole again.
Qualifications & Experience
I have been involved in mental health care for 27 years. During that time, I have worked in psychiatric hospitals, child welfare agencies, substance abuse treatment centers, general counseling centers, and private practice.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of Maryland in 1989, my Master of Arts in Psychology from Pepperdine University in 1990, and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from California Graduate Institute in 2000. I also have a Treatment Certificate in the Treatment of Victims and Perpetrators of Violent Crime from California Graduate Institute and EMDR Certification through the EMDR Institute.
Immediately after graduating in 2000, I entered private practice in Los Angeles. I was fortunate to have two different training internships – one focusing on men’s issues at the Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic, and the other training under Michael Peck, Ph.D., former director of the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention center. My primary focus in that internship was treating trauma-related mood disorders and their effects on relationships.
My Call to Christian Counseling
When I was a child, my father had a heart attack at the age of 39. In the aftermath, I had positive interaction with the psychologist who counseled our family. His interventions made a huge difference in my family’s reaction and reorganization around the crisis. As a result, I decided quite early on to pursue a similar line of work so I could also seek to make a difference in the lives of hurting individuals and families.
Although I did not have a religious background, God used a tumultuous period in my young adult years to draw me to Himself. Through personal experience with an intervention program as a teenager, I was introduced to Christian principles which I eventually adopted as my own. I’ve seen firsthand the power of transformation that comes with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I now count it a great privilege to be able to witness that same transformation in the lives of many of my clients.
More About Me/On a Personal Note
I have been married for 23 years. My wife and I have four children – two biological and two adopted. Working in child welfare services for over a decade really gave me a heart for foster children. Having adopted two, I can relate to both parents who have special needs children and individuals who have experienced life traumas that negatively affected their life development. I have a variety of interests to help keep my life balanced, including golf, guitar, hiking, and fitness training.
- Chemical Dependency
- Couples Counseling
- Family Counseling
- Grief Counseling
- Professional Development
- Relationship Issues
- Sex and Porn Addiction
- Sexual Abuse
Depression and Anxiety
People suffer from depression and anxiety symptoms for many different reasons, and the various treatment options available are not effective for everyone. I will collaborate with you and your other health care providers to devise a plan that is most effective for you. Together we’ll uncover and address the underlying causes and triggers of your depression and anxiety in order to find lasting solutions.
Recovery is the opposite of abuse. Creating an atmosphere of safety and support in which my clients can share their story are my initial goals of therapy. Restoring a sense of control while managing emotions at a pace my clients can handle are key parts of the therapy process. I have extensive training is working with victims of violent crime and use proven techniques like EMDR to aid in my clients’ healing.
Victims of sexual abuse trauma are often faced with the task of moving forward in life with a significant part of their being frozen in pain and grief. With compassion and experience, I will gently guide my clients into healing and recovery so they can experience the wholeness and joy they once knew.
Addiction and Recovery
Addiction can be thought of as trying to meet a legitimate need in an illegitimate way. Whether through the ingestion of a substance like alcohol or from an internal process like food or sex, the characteristics look the same.
In therapy, we construct a recovery plan that gives the client insight into their addictive pattern and provides spiritual disciplines to help them break free. Resolving relational trauma and learning how to meet one’s needs authentically are important parts of recovery.
We all bring a certain amount of baggage, immaturity, and brokenness from living in a fallen world. Most other relationships cannot reach inside us and affect us as deeply as marriage can. As a result, there is great potential as well as great peril in any marriage. Marriage counseling from a Christian perspective attempts to teach couples how a complementary relationship can bring about healing, growth, and fulfillment by working through struggles in a Christlike way. Through Christian Marriage Counseling, couples are shown how their marriage is designed to be a resource to build and equip them to love others more fully and be the best person God that designed them to be.
Families are important to human beings because they both meet our need for togetherness as well as support our drive to establish ourselves as an individuals. As long as the family relationship system flows back and forth between these two poles within a well-defined structure, its members thrive. Problems occur in couples and families when external and internal stressors undermine the system, keeping it from balancing the two drives. Family therapy is designed to give the family insight into where things are going wrong. Creating new communication patterns, resolving conflicts, and strengthening emotional bonds in an experiential manner are the goals toward which I collaborate with families to achieve.
Availability (by office location):
- Kent – Monday & Wednesday
- Issaquah – Tuesday and Thursday
Fees: I offer a Risk-Free Initial Session for Individuals, Marriage & Couples, Adults and Adolescents looking to pursue counseling with me. Please note that there is a fee for the Risk-Free Initial Session as it is a clinical hour and reimbursable to most insurance companies, but if you choose not to reschedule and continue therapy after the initial session the entire fee for the session will be waived. For ongoing treatment the full fee per session is required at the time of service. For more information regarding standard session fees, please contact me directly at 206-774-7889 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Insurance: As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) a majority of insurance companies will reimburse for a portion of my services as an Out of Network Provider. Please consult with your insurance provider as to whether they specifically cover individuals, marriage & couples, adults and adolescents.
Receipts/Statements: In the event you require a receipt for services rendered, I will provide either a printed or digital receipt for personal use, insurance reimbursement, Flex Spending Accounts (FSA), and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).
Payment options: Cash, Check, or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express). A 2.7% swipe fee, or 3.7% + $0.15 key in fee, will be added for credit card payments.
Therapies: Michael offers for Individuals, Couples & Marriage, Adults and Adolescents.
Aging and Geriatric Issues
Counseling for Children
Counseling for Teens
Christian Couples Counseling
Infidelity and Affairs
Sex And Porn Addiction