• About Michael Smock, Intern

    Many of us have experienced life’s ups and downs, and some of those downs are often troubling, distressing, and traumatic. You’ve probably felt like the light at the end of the tunnel doesn’t exist at times (or maybe all the time). I’m here to tell you that it does exist, even though it seems so far away. I believe each of us has the ability to process emotions in a healthy way to help heal our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls.

    I specialize in working with men and women who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and (C)PTSD. Through my professional and internship experiences in legal settings, higher education, child welfare, and corrections, I’ve encountered people from all walks of life – college students struggling with life transitions; individuals struggling with substance use, addiction, histories of domestic violence and trauma; children who are trying to make sense of the world; and individuals who are involved in the criminal justice system.

    I approach therapy in a holistic and client-centered way where I walk alongside clients rather than in front of or behind them. Together, we will work toward your goals to heal your heart and mind, mend relationships, find healthier coping mechanisms to deal with life’s challenges, and any other goals you want to achieve. I strive to create a safe, queer-friendly, and non-judgmental environment where you feel comfortable, respected, seen, and heard. I trust you know what you need and where you want to go on your healing journey.

    While I trust you know what you need and where you want to go in your healing journey, I have training in the following modalities to help support you and our work along the way: Somatic-based therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),  Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness-based practices. I also have experience using play therapy with children as young as six years old.

    I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University. I am currently working toward my Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University with the ultimate goal of obtaining my LCSW to provide therapeutic care full-time to those who are seeking a partner in healing. I am excited to be joining Alpine Lakes Counseling Center as an intern and I look forward to walking alongside you on your path toward healing.

    “I am human, I consider nothing human alien to me.” – Terence

    Michael’s Specialties


    • Adolescents (6-12)
    • Teens (13-17)
    • Adults (18+)
    • Elders (65+)

    Type of Treatment

    • Individual Therapy


    • Male
    • Female
    • Non-binary
    • Transgender


    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Family Conflict
    • Infidelity
    • LGBTQIA+
    • Men’s Issues
    • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
    • Relationship Issues
    • Self-Esteem
    • Shame/Guilt
    • Stress
    • Trauma & PTSD

    Types of Therapy

    • CBT
    • DBT
    • Gestalt
    • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Person-Centered
    • Play Therapy
    • Somatic
    • Trauma Focused