Michael Gross

LCMHCA, NCC, CTMHA

Telehealth Provider

Get to know Michael

Welcome to Lifeologie! Congratulations on taking a new step on your wellbeing journey. I invite you to read my biography, and I encourage you to reach out if you feel we are a good match. I believe that everyone on life’s journey experiences times of celebration, challenge, transition, and growth. We all need a safe and private space to share our story, celebrate our strengths, recognize our pain, identify goals, develop a plan for growth, and get support for change. My role, as your counselor, is to meet you where you are in life and to compassionately support your wellness journey. 

My counseling practice focuses on partnering with adolescents, adults, couples, and people serving in a healthcare context. I provide counseling services in partnership with people dealing with life transitions, anxiety, depression, relationship needs, coping with illness, loss, grief, burnout, trauma, secondary trauma, moral injury, educational stress, identity formation, and other emotional and spiritual needs.

I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA, #A16853) with the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC, #1571400) with the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. I am a Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider with Evergreen Certifications, Inc. (CTMHA, #319648). I received a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May 2021 from North Carolina State University. I have been providing Clinical Mental Health Counseling services with individuals, adolescents, groups, and families since 2020, starting as a counseling intern.

My passion for counseling is strongly rooted in a love ethic that is wellness-based grounded in principles of social justice and multiculturalism. I use a trauma-informed, and strength-based approach. I understand that each person is the expert about their own story. Each client has the potential for change, and my role in the counseling relationship is to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment to explore and grow. I incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems, and Narrative Therapy techniques to support people with their needs. My practice also incorporates psychoeducation to enhance skills related to communication, relationships, behavioral change, mindfulness, personal resilience, and wellness. 

For over 25 years, I have enjoyed providing spiritual and emotional support with people in healthcare and community settings as a Hospital Chaplain. Currently, I manage a clinical debriefing service for healthcare professionals, and I provide spiritual care for patients and families at a local hospital. I became a Board-Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains in 2006. I have completed twenty-two units of Clinical Pastoral Education from Duke University Hospital, H.H McGuire VA Hospital, and the University of North Carolina Hospitals. I have been an ordained Christian minister since 1994. I have provided spiritual and emotional support in healthcare settings with a wide range of people (children, teens, and adults) with diverse identities (ethnic, racial, cultural, spiritual, religious, philosophical, gender, LGBTQIA+, vocational, educational, neurodiversity, socioeconomic, and others).

In my personal life, I am married and have adult twin daughters. We enjoy our rescued greyhound, Charlotte. She likes walks and good naps.

In my free time, I enjoy watching YouTube, reading, listening to music and audio books, playing guitar, working in the yard, leading a fourth-grade church Life Group, and serving as a volunteer for Family Promise. 

I grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee with my parents and older brother. We have a fun family tradition of making special fudge for the holidays. My parents were both chemists, so their laboratory skills spilled over into baking.