Hi! My name is Michael Sleigh. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT Clinical Fellow.
It's been great! Michael has been very helpful for me. He has helped me to work through my emotions and make sense of them.
Michael has helped me work through many important realizations. One big one was him helping me to see that part of the difficulty of giving someone up is not just the losing them, but also giving up my future with that person. He has also helped encourage me to live in the present moment and to be loving and not shameful to myself.
I feel the personal connection I have with Michael has been the best part. His ability to help me dissect and bring pieces to work on has been an approach I’ve found helpful.
I think the day I noticed I was quoting Michael’s words and realizing how I was using what he has taught me in person was huge. I went from being a person who really didn’t like who I was to someone who is accepting of myself.
Michael has been very helpful for me. He has helped me to work through my emotions and make sense of them.
Very thoughtful homework and Michael kept us both accountable for our actions and the words that we use.
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.