Michael has been working as a mental health counselor for 17 years, beginning in South Florida, and then moving to central Florida 10 years ago. His counseling experience has included clients in residential mental health and substance abuse programs, as well as in outpatient treatment. The clients have been both adults and adolescents, and have included many military members who were referred due to service-related mental health issues. Additional counseling experiences have included working as a volunteer for the Yellow Ribbon military program, the Florida Department of Corrections, and the American Red Cross as a disaster mental health counselor. Prior to entering the mental health profession, Michael worked for national business corporations for 25 years in marketing and management.