Michael Sullivan, MA LPC
Therapist / Clinical Outreach Director
Mike (he/him) grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington and earned his B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington in 2004. Mike discovered outdoor behavioral healthcare and witnessed the powerful transformations that occur in a therapeutic environment, inspiring him to pursue a career in clinical mental health. Mike earned his Master’s in Psychology from Seattle University in 2009, and moved to the Big Island of Hawai’i, where he worked as a Therapist and Director of Family Services at a well-known outdoor therapy program. Mike pursued training in the NeuroSequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), attaining an individual certification and overseeing the Hawai’i program’s site certification. Mike’s certification in NMT allowed him to study the nervous system’s response to trauma, and specific approaches to brain mapping and regulating techniques.
With twenty years of experience in the mental health field, Mike is a compassionate and informed therapist. Mike draws on a strength-based, person-centered approach, and enters every interaction with curiosity and openness. Mike connects deeply with emerging adults, developing relationships and addressing challenges in an experiential context. Mike draws on narrative therapy, motivational interviewing, DBT, and CBT and enjoys teaching sensory, somatic, and neurobiological strategies for regulating the nervous system. He supports emerging adults with identity development, family systems work, healing trauma, developing executive functioning skills, and increasing social skills and awareness.
Mike settled in Bend, Oregon in 2017. Mike and his family love to play outside, including weekend hikes to Smith Rock State Park with their labradoodle Mousse LeMutt. Mike loves to push his physical and mental edge with mountain biking, climbing, surfing, and trail running.