Michael Stahly is a psychotherapist specializing in helping people grapple with existential concerns, often related to grief, loss, and finding one’s path in life. He helps individuals and families who have suffered losses of all kinds find their footing once more and reengage in their lives, holding hope for those who feel crushed by despair.
Michael also specializes in treating kids ages 5-12 who are struggling with anger, anxiety, and other issues. By drawing on his expertise as a martial arts instructor and a grounding in play therapy, he has many tools to offer struggling children and their families. Michael spent two years at The Lourie Center, where he received training in child-led, trauma-informed play therapy and worked with many children and parents.
Michael is sensitive, patient, and insightful. He can help you look closely at your relational patterns in order to understand how you tend to be with people, and to build your capacity for deep, meaningful connection. He strives to help all people, both children and adults, along the path to a rich, fulfilling life.
Michael underwent training as a clinical social worker at the University of Maryland, where he also completed undergraduate degrees in mathematics and Spanish literature. Prior to finding his path as a therapist, he also completed a master’s degree in philosophy at St. John’s College in Annapolis. Michael is currently pursuing additional post-graduate training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and has completed intensive foundational training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.