About Michael

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Michael J. Formica Counselor Life Coach Doylestown PA

Life can be humbling. Much like your own, I suspect, my journey has been filled with lessons both learned and not learned, multiple missteps, many roads taken and others, not so much. It’s this journey that continues to compel me, both personally and professionally.

As a psychotherapist for almost 25 years, if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s life is about relationship—both to ourselves and with others. Personally, what I’ve discovered is it’s the journey that matters. There is no destination, only the path we walk.

Wait, you’re asking yourself, if he’s a psychotherapist, what’s with the coaching shtick. Something else I learned, as a part of the helping and healing professions, is counseling is often about identifying a problem and then solving it, while coaching—because there is so much more latitude—is specifically about growth. Basically, I figured out I’m not a therapist—I’m a teacher first and that is where my personal passion lies.

So, what am I teaching? Well, I can’t really say because, when I work with clients, it’s all pretty organic. I draw on a number of different traditions, from psychoanalytic psychotherapy, to Judeo-Christian customs, to Buddhist psychology and yoga teachings. What I can say is I view each client as unique, and my approach is tailored to fit you and your needs.

That said, I do have a very clear framework I work within. Once we’ve done an assessment of strengths and vulnerabilities we develop a strategy—or series of strategies—supporting you in meeting the goals we establish, and moving you forward on your journey. This process can feel daunting, as change—especially self-directed change—often is. Engaging that change presents you with an opportunity to re-claim your life, deflecting the disempowerment, disenfranchisement and disappointment that has left you feeling dissatisfied.

If you are ready to embrace your power, and re-engage with the life you were meant to lead, reach out to me so we can talk about working together to get you where you want to be.

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Providence College, Psychology and Humanities, 1984
  • Master of Science (MS), University of Hartford, Experimental Psychology, 1986
  • Master of Arts (MA), Teachers College/Columbia University, Organizational Psychology, 1987
  • Master of Education (EdM), Teachers College/Columbia University, Clinical Psychology, 1988
  • National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • National Institute of Sports Counseling (NISC)
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • American College of Clinical Forensic Counselors (NCCFC)
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