Michael Gardner is a Limited Permit Mental Health Counselor at Love Light Mental Health Counseling Services, PLLC. His educational journey encompasses a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Science in Education with a focus on School Counseling, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mental Health Counseling.
Michael's professional experience is diverse and extensive. He has worked in the Foster Care System with New York Foundling, primarily with adolescents in crisis. His tenure at Mount Sinai Hospital as a Care Coordinator in the Health Home Program saw him focusing on adults suffering from inadequate physical and mental healthcare. Additionally, he has spent seven years in the New York City Department of Education High Schools, aiding teens in finding their voices both in and out of the classroom.
He is well-versed in a variety of therapeutic techniques, including Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Functional Family Therapy, and Reality Therapy. Michael also brings a deep understanding of the NYC school systems, leveraging Social Emotional Learning to navigate them effectively. His expertise extends to Career Counseling, Mental Health First Aid, and LGBTQIA+ advocacy.
Michael is enthusiastic about his Limited Permit, viewing it as a critical step towards licensure and his goal of owning a therapy practice. He is dedicated to contributing to the community, offering abundant resources to assist individuals in their self-improvement endeavors.
On a personal note, Michael values the benefits of therapy, having been a regular attendee for the last three years. He enjoys incorporating interactive games like Jenga, card decks, or cup pong into his daily life. In his free time, Michael is keen on reading, self-growth, and harbors an interest in learning to play a musical instrument.
At Love Light Mental Health Counseling Services, PLLC, Michael applies his eclectic skills to provide love and light to those in need.
Professional Disclosure Statement
Qualifications: Michael Gardner is in the process of accumulating clinical hours towards his license in Mental Health Counseling. He serves as a Mental Health Counselor with a Limited Permit, operating under the supervision of a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Supervision: Michael Gardner’s practice is conducted under the guidance of Sherene Henry, LMHC, LPC, NCC (License #012789) and Theresa Timmons, LCSW (License #083231). This supervisory relationship is instrumental in expanding Michael’s repertoire of clinical interventions within the field of counseling. It encompasses activities such as case review, discussion, observation through shadowing, and examination of clinical notes. The objective of this supervision is to foster Michael’s growth into a competent counseling practitioner, enhancing his skills and practical application in the field. Similar to the treating clinician, supervisors maintain the same level of client confidentiality, ensuring ethical and private treatment of all cases.