Michael Simpson has a Bachelor of Arts from Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with a double major in pastoral care and theology. He also holds a Master of Science in Counseling, with a Community Counseling specialization, from the University of Phoenix in Tucson, Arizona. He is a National Certified Counselor with the National Board of Certified Counselors and a Licensed Associate Counselor in the state of Arizona. Michael completed training at the College of Executive Coaching and passed the national exam to obtain the credential of Board Certified Coach from the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE). This allows Michael to add life-coaching skills to his work in the Family Program. He is trained and certified to provide court-ordered DUI treatment and education and domestic violence treatment to persons in the state of Arizona. Michael was clinical associate member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), the international professional organization for therapists and researchers in that field.
Prior to coming to Sierra Tucson, Michael worked in community counseling providing general mental health counseling to adults of all ages, as well as providing couples and family therapy. He also facilitated therapy groups and provided individual therapy for parenting, anger management, intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment, DUI education and treatment, domestic violence treatment, and treatment for state and federal sex offenders. Michael now focuses on family and couples therapy and occasionally serves as an expert witness in Child Protective Services cases in Family Court, particularly in cases where substance abuse, domestic violence, and/or sexual abuse are material issues. Prior to becoming a therapist for the Family Program, Michael was a primary therapist in Sierra Tucson’s Mood & Anxiety Program.