Licensed Mental Health Counselor
In the State of Florida, qualification as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor requires completion of a two-year masters degree program that qualifies as a masters degree in mental health counseling, completion of additional post-graduate courses, passage of the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE), and two years of supervision by a licensed supervisor. It also requires work as a post-graduate intern (RMHCI) for at least two years during which time the intern must have clocked at least 1,500 face-to-face hours treating patients. Mitchell currently works in private practice with a broad spectrum of clients.
Before entering practice, Mitchell worked for one year as a pre-graduate intern in the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Family Behavioral Health Center (FBHC) in Delray Beach, Florida. At FBHC, Mitchell worked with patients from ages 15 – 60 years old under the supervision of a licensed psychotherapist supervisor, together with colleagues consisting of licensed psychotherapists, pre-graduate interns, the clinical director, and the psychiatrist for FBHC.
Following graduation from Lynn University with his masters degree, Mitchell obtained a full-time position as a primary therapist at the Lighthouse Recovery Institute (LHRI) in Delray Beach, Florida. As a primary therapist he had full case-responsibility for patients assigned to his care. LHRI is an alcohol and drug rehabilitation program offering PHP, IOP, and outpatient programs.
Clinical Psychology PsyD
Ever wanting to add to his expertise, beginning December, 2014, Mitchell began matriculating for his doctorate degree in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from California Southern University. He received his doctorate degree after defending his thesis in early 2018. Mitchell’s doctoral project dissertation is in understanding and treating the problem of chronic overeating resulting in the condition of medical obesity, typically 30 pounds or more overweight.
Juris Doctor & Adjunct Professor
Because of his Juris Doctor degree, and because of his outstanding academic record in psychology at Lynn, Mitchell had received an appointment as an Adjunct Professor at Lynn University. At Lynn, he has taught courses in Abnormal Psychology and in Learning Theory to undergraduate students, and in Law and Ethics at the graduate school level.
Before deciding to leave the law and enter the world of psychology as a clinician, Mitchell gained experience and expertise through more than 25-years of involvement in related activities. As a co-founder of the Men’s Center of Los Angeles, Mitchell served on the Board of Directors and assisted co-founder and clinical director, Stephen Johnson, Ph.D., at numerous two-day and four-day retreats and at one-day practicums. Over this time period he was trained by Dr. Johnson to teach and to facilitate Rebirthing Breathwork. He also participated in and assisted in anger reduction workshops.
In response to his long-time interest in mental health and personal growth, Mitchell served for four-years on the Board of Directors of the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring at the invitation of its clinical director, Dr Kerby Alvy. This same interest in mental health and spiritual growth led Mitchell to work with Sedona Cahill, a Shaman of the Native-American tradition. Over a four-year period working with her, Mitchell completed two Vision Quests and one Death Lodge.
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