Michael Themins


About Me

I have worked with many families and couples, to include same sex couples, through my 20 years experience in my private practice as a licensed clinical social worker here in California. I find that many relationships with violence does not necessary fit in the stereotype domestic violence. The most common factor is that many of the women had on resolved physical/verbal trauma that has not bee processed and their partner is often the object of triggering the PTSD. By no means does this mean the woman is at fault but the person in the relationship who is coping with the most emotional pain. The other most common factor is the communication patterns between the couple/family members. I utilize Virginia Satires ' family communication model and the dysfunctional roles that family members seem to gravitate toward in their family dynamics.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Codependency , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Video


LCSW #LCS 19955 (Expires: 2022-08-30)


Written by K.Y. on Jan 06, 2021 after counseling with Michael for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

I like the questions he puts in my head to help me think about what we've talked about later throughout the week. An example would be when we talked about what I really want and how I intend to reach that goal. I was shown that theres a cycle to thinking and to evaluate in a knew way to keep from falling back into this cycle. It keep my thoughts progress I feel as opposed to cycle the emotions.

Written by T.A. on Oct 15, 2020 after counseling with Michael for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

My husband and I have been seeing Michael for about 2 months now. I have really found him to be a perfect fit for me. He is definitely a no-nonsense kind of guy. He is very to the point and takes his time to get to know you and you're situation. His advice has made a huge difference in my marriage.

Written by L.U. on Aug 13, 2020 after counseling with Michael for 3 days on issues concerning relationship

Not a real therapist. Made things absolutely worse. Awful, if you want more anxiety talk to this guy