Michael   Gacnik
Zencare Vetted

Michael Gacnik

Master of Science, MS - Mental Health Counseling Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Ohio Accepting Online
Groveport Accepting In-person
Updated May 8, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Professional statement

Michael Gacnik, founder of Preparing for Tomorrow, has an extensive background of working with individuals and families as well as youth and adults in a variety of mental health areas.

Michael’s Philosophy is, “If you change your perspective, you can find the good in even the darkest of corners.” As your counselor, Michael will provide an empathetic, safe and confidential place for you to work through those dark corners of your life.

Michael’s professional experience includes working with older youth in a residential setting who struggle with behavioral and mental health issues, including inappropriate sexual conduct, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and more. He has also spent time as a central Ohio caseworker working closely with families involved with the Juvenile Court system. Most recently, Michael has 10 years of experience counseling dual diagnosed adults.

Michael earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Heidelberg University. He then continued his education earning a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University and became an Ohio Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

Message to clients

I realize that no two people are the same and as such tailor my therapy to meet the specific needs of my clients. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression or any other issue, I will help you recognize underlying problems, fully realize your strengths and adjust certain behaviors and thoughts to see things a different, healthier way.

My practice specializes in treating individuals, couples and families and I offer comprehensive services dealing with:



Life Transitions


Relationship Issues

I believe that all clients deserve to have easy access to mental health services. For that reason I have a very accessible schedule and I routinely strive to ensure all clients can get in for services within a minimum of one week from initial contact with Preparing For Tomorrow Counseling Services. I also know that at times finances can be strained and not all clients are able to get insurance. For this reason I work diligently to ensure that clients have affordable mental health care.


Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Buckeye Health Plan
  • CareSource
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • OhioHealthy
  • Optum
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (53min)
  • Initial session: $200 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $125 (60min)
  • Family sessions: $125 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • As needed
Therapist's note

in some cases if a client is struggling financially we can on a short term basis offer a lesser fee. This must be discussed with counselor as the need arises


Online Sessions (Ohio)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8am to 5pm
  • Tue 8am to 5pm
  • Wed 8am to 5pm
  • Thu 8am to 5pm
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun 8am to 5pm

Groveport practice
649 Main Street , Suite C, Groveport, Ohio 43125
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8am to 5pm
  • Tue 8am to 5pm
  • Wed 8am to 5pm
  • Thu 8am to 5pm
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun 8am to 5pm

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 13 years

Prime Behavioral Health , Counselor, 2019 - 2021
Red Zone , Supervisor Program Director, 2018 - 2019
Primere Care Ohio, supervisor, 2006 - 2018

Capella University, MS in mental Health, 2010
Heidelberg University, BS in psychology, 2001


Ohio: E1800668