ABOUT NAMASTE FAMILY SERVICES
Helping families overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams.
Namaste Family Services was founded by Michael Patterson. Michael is a clinical social worker with over twenty-five years experience in the field of psychotherapy. Although Michael has worked in a wide variety of mental health settings, he has always had a dream of building an organization that offered evidenced based treatment while maintaining the basic tenets of social work.
Namaste Family Services started with a vision of an organization that serves families by helping them to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. This is accomplished by offering a multitude of mental health and educational services in an environment that honors diversity, compassion, professionalism, and healing.
“We do not look at an individual as a problem to be fixed, but a person with strengths and talents not used to their fullest potential. Or to put it another way: a strength based, solution focused approach that uses evidenced based treatment.”
Namaste Family Services is based out of Chelsea, Michigan and serves Western Washtenaw and Jackson County. Michael graduated from the University of Michigan in 1992 with a Masters in Social Work (MSW). He has over 25 years experience as a licensed psychotherapist. Michael’s initial experience in the field of social work was volunteering at a community crisis center in 1988 called SOS Community Services, located in Ypsilanti Michigan. Michael helped individuals and families with crisis intervention, homelessness, and extreme poverty. This experience as a volunteer was the catalyst for Michael leaving a career in marketing and returning to school to obtain his MSW.
Michael’s interests turned to working with families, couples and their children. Michael soon found out that he has a talent with connecting with older children and teens. Michael’s style of therapy allows him to be creative in helping his clients discover who they really are and to exploit hidden strengths. While working with children and teens, Michael also did extensive study on effective and adaptable parenting skills. He uses this knowledge to help parents understand what is troubling their children and teach them different skills so they could parent smarter, not harder.
One of Michael’s specialties is working with traumatized youth and adults. Michael is considered an expert in the field of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with adults and teens who have been abused.
Michael has always had the dream of starting an agency that focuses on the unique challenges that some families face. In January of 2010 he formally opened Namaste Family Services, LLC. Since the opening he has seen his dream become a reality by helping families in Western Washtenaw and Jackson Counties.
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