Michael Suresh

Practicum Doctoral Trainee

Graduate Program:

Ph.D. Counseling Psychology

Clinical Interests:

“The past is beautiful because one never realizes an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.” – Virginia Woolf

The way in which I conduct therapy is from a client-centered, mindfulness-based, and existentialist perspective, which means that I primarily focus on clients’ relationships with their thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Furthermore, my approach entails that I seek to cultivate and maintain a therapeutic relationship that invites acceptance and nonjudgement to one’s aspirations and current state of being. In addition, I integrate motivational interviewing within the therapy process, meaning that I am committed to challenge and work with clients toward goals that are congruent with their welfare and best interests. My clinical interests include perfectionism, humility, depression, anxiety, substance use, phobias, grief and loss, interpersonal/relational concerns, and the relationship between mental health and academia.

Multicultural Interests:

I am committed to continuously practice cultural humility as well as learn the intricacies of all cultures that which clients identify as, while recognizing the similarities and uniqueness of such ethnic/racial backgrounds. I am deeply passionate about achieving social justice and equity for all people, and acknowledge that diversity as well as intersectional identities shape the way in which one views themselves and the world. I have a keen interest in working with clients who identify as bi/multiracial.

Professional Affiliations:

I am a member of the American Psychological Association, with a membership in Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology).