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Michael Rose, M.A.

What do I do at SCS?

I received my Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2019. I am a Licensed Resident in Counseling, offering individual counseling while working towards certification as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Prior to joining Liberty, I worked as a Crisis Counselor in Psychiatric Emergency Services at Lynchburg General Hospital emergency room. In addition to my work in crisis and emergency services, I also provide mental health services through individual and marital counseling, both face-to-face and virtually.

My clients present with various mental health challenges – depression, anxiety, suicidality, relationship issues, trauma and PTSD, psychoses, sexuality concerns, and others. As a veteran, I am passionate about working with active-duty military, veterans, LEOs, and first responders. I also have a heart for helping those who deal with complex medical crises or who have seriously ill family members. Students in a caregiving role are prone to experience their own mental health crises, and therefore often need focused ongoing support. I am committed to reduce mental health crises and suicides. I regularly offer an Enrichment Series program on suicidality recognition and prevention. I also provide walk-in support for service members and veterans at the Liberty University Veteran’s Center. My pursuit of certification in EMDR, Certified Crisis Work, and a number of other certifications and coursework, effectively prepare me and align my training to help minimize crises and suicide.

What is it like to work with me?

My primary role as a clinician is to assist clients as they identify and pursue their objectives. It is my responsibility to help people define, refine, and document reasonable, clear, and achievable goals. In my experience, these aims are narrowed and more easily codified after using techniques like Logotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Narrative and Strength-Based therapies. Sometimes I may ask clients to complete assessments and brief “homework” assignments to help clarify or explore their thoughts and life experiences. I collaborate with my clients directly to explore their life experiences. This work provides unique and dynamic opportunities to further process thoughts, beliefs, decisions, and even symptoms of mental health challenges.

What do I do outside of SCS?

Outside of Student Counseling Services, I am a husband, father, veteran, and professional dog petter. My wife and I have a hobby farm in the country with cows, chickens, ducks, and other animals. I enjoy various types of volunteer work and am on the Board of Directors for The UP Foundation in Lynchburg. We attend Hope Church – Halifax. And, when we’re not too busy, my wife and I enjoy road trips, music, running, and exploring the less-known wonders of rural Virginia and the surrounding area.