Michael is a local, having lived in the Baw Baw region for 20 years. He is a university qualified and PACFA Provisionally Registered Counsellor (#26956), with specialisations in drug & alcohol addiction, adolescent self-harm & suicide management and men’s mental health.
Michael is a VIT Registered Teacher with 17 years experience working in a variety of settings. He has spent the majority of his career working with at-risk and vulnerable young people. Michael has developed and run outdoor-based therapeutic and wellbeing programs for many years.
The importance of young men speaking up when they aren’t travelling so well cannot be understated, as such, GOTYA provides a counselling model that is accessible, down-to-earth and relevant to adolescent and young-adult males.
Michael’s passion is to provide a specialised service for blokes to support them in navigating the complex world they find themselves in.
Bachelor of Education(Prim/Sec) RMIT
Graduate Certificate in Managing Youth Self-Harm & Suicide MELB
Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice CICA
Graduate Diploma in Counselling ACAP
Master of Youth Mental Health MELB (current)
FWPFGM3215 Perform Complex 4WD Operations
FWPCOT3260 Recover 4WD Vehicles
AHCARB205A Operate and Maintain Chainsaws
AHCPCM203 Fell Small Trees
SISORAF404A Commercial Whitewater Raft Guide
SISOOPS305A Provide First Aid in a Remote Situation
SISXEMR201A Respond to an Emergency
SISXEMR402A Coordinate an Emergency Response
17 years working with adolescents
10 years working with at-risk adolescents
14 years outdoor leadership