Hi! My name is Michael Sleigh. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT Clinical Fellow.
I believe in the importance of relationships and the power of understanding the specific context behind those relationships. My aim in therapy is to create a working relationship with you, based on support and comfort. In this place, we can process the areas of life together where you feel disconnected and uncomfortable.
I believe people are wonderfully complex and oriented toward growth. I trust you to bring a willingness to discover the ways you can live into your potential. Sometimes years of difficulty hide who we want to be, but I want to shine light into the dark spaces for a clearer vision of your situation. With this insight, we can develop a plan that works for you and discuss any roadblocks or obstacles that come up. Always, I’m here to encourage and support you as we work toward your goals.
I enjoy working with couples to manage conflict, bring calm to tension, and provide space to improve communication. I want to help you build skills that change your interactions and deepen your relationship. I often use Gottman methods and attachment theory to help you bring your whole self to your relationship and connect more intimately with your partner. I hope to help you eliminate what is not working but more importantly, to enrich your relationship by discovering the specific solutions that foster the thriving dynamic you want.
I also enjoy working with individuals experiencing uncertainty about change. Whether anxious about upcoming life changes, feeling down about the loss of something important, or struggling with life stage issues, I want to stay present with you to identify unhealthy themes, to give voice to your feelings; all to help you achieve the goals we identify for you. I often bring metaphor and humor into our conversations, and I love to incorporate an experimental mindset to help you discover what works for you. Ultimately, I aim to help bring calm to the chaos.
I come from a lineage of lifelong learners and my interest in the counseling field started over a decade ago. I completed a B.A. in Social and Behavioral Studies at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon. I then chose to study marriage and family therapy because of its emphasis on relationships as vital to our well-being. I graduated with an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the nationally accredited program at Pfeiffer University. I am also a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator.
On a personal note, I was born in British Columbia, Canada, and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. I married the love of my life and we set out together to move across the country 5 years ago. And we enjoy raising our two kids in the beautiful state of North Carolina. In my free time, I enjoy cycling, now with little ones along for the ride, and roasting and drinking coffee with friends. I also enjoy researching cars and landscape photography.
I believe you and your relationships make the world a better place. I would love the opportunity to work with you to help you be confident in yourself and your relationships. Currently, I am available for morning, afternoon, and evening appointments Monday through Friday. Please call (919) 587-8018 or check out mathewscounseling.net to book an initial appointment online.