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).
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
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:
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
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
Years of Experience: 12 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