a)plan coaching

Specializes in:

  • Personal Growth
  • Men’s Leadership
  • Mindfulness/Emotional Sobriety
  • Work-Life Balance

Michael brings 20 years of experience both as a coach and psychotherapist.

He assists individuals to look deep within and helps them see parts of themselves that previously they were unaware of. MIchael brings his background as a coach, psychotherapist, experience with the 12 Steps of AA, and also his 15 years of work with men in men’s groups.

Michael has also created a podcast called MY BLUEPRINT: Struggle Towards Emotional Sobriety (Mlslcsw.libsyn.com). On his podcast, he shares some of his most vulnerable and intimate details about his struggles with depression and anxiety. Michael also discusses his definition of Emotional Sobriety and how this is key to living a fulfilled, balanced, and serene life.

Michael lives in the Southwestern Suburbs of Chicago. When he is not coaching, he is busy raising his 13 year old daughter and 10 year old son. Michael is also an avid golfer, runner, and enjoys many other outdoor activities.

Education & Credentials


  • MSW, University Of Chicago, School Of Social Service Administration
  • BA, Indiana University
  • Co-Active Coach, Coaches Training Institute
  • Advanced Falling Awake coach training

Clients across all sectors,  that have benefited from Michael’s support include CEOs of non-profits with budgets ranging from $5M-$300M, including the RAND Corporation, Ella Baker Center For Human Rights, Public Allies, Templeton Academy, ClearlyNext, and Root Capital.  Michael has also worked with small businesses owners, educators, a variety of artists, and people in career and life transitions.

Client Testimonial

“After hearing how Michael continually works on himself and shares openly about his struggles and failures, gave me inspiration. Inspiration that I can do it too. I have been working with Michael for 12 years and while I am Michael’s client and not personal friend, I still feel very connected with him. My heart is filled with love and respect for you.

Jason L.,Therapy client

Client Testimonial

I feel very fortunate to have met Michael. I have been working with him for over 10 years and I feel wiser and more confident in myself. Wiser in the sense that he has broadened my perspective on many things in my life that I probably might have not thought of otherwise.

Jon H.,Coaching Client
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