Michael Thomas Rumbach

Michael Thomas Rumbach


Master of Arts (MA) - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
North Carolina Accepting Online
Durham Accepting In-person
Updated October 12, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Existential crisis & challenges
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Michael Rumbach is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in North Carolina. Though located near the Raleigh/Durham area, the miracle of telehealth provides the opportunity to help people anywhere in the state. A generalist at this time, he has a particular affinity and effectiveness with those with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or trauma, crisis situations, and grief. Personal experience and working with the Durham Crisis Response Center during his internship afforded him some first-hand knowledge in the debilitating effects these difficult challenges create.

Michael has had a good deal of success treating these conditions, as well as others such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, etc., using an integrative method of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) with a postmodern existential point-of-view. Those serve as a foundation of treatment as well as incorporating other modalities such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Gestalt and others. ACT provides a mechanism in which to create a space in the present that allows one to bring better judgement to bear, with existentialism providing a way to find or create meaning in and for our lives.

It is this belief that we can create our own meaning for events and our lives that Michael believes empowers one to continue to move forward in life, which then provides better assess one's perception of an event and thus choose a productive and meaningful behavior. This method is strengths and values based, so any choice made with those is not likely to be a "wrong" choice.

His pragmatism helps to foster a better and more reliable feeling of hope that is often all one needs in times of trouble.

Message to clients

You have more courage and strength than you realize. Whatever has happened. Whatever you have done. You are here. Now. Ready, willing and able despite how you might feel. I want to help you to realize that so you can work towards a better version of yourself. Something I believe we should all do, regardless of whether or not one feels they do or do not have a particular emotional or mental challenge.

To me, the only true failure is not learning from our experiences. That often requires someone's help, and that is the way it should be. None of this has to be done alone, nor does it have to be made harder than necessary. Let me use the tools in my toolbox to help you with whatever it is that you are struggling with. If you've tried therapy in the past without success, please have the willingness to try again. Therapists are like tennis-shoes: a size 9 Reebok does not fit the same as a size 9 Nike. Same for therapists.

I'd like to close by saying, I may not be walking the same path you're on. But, I believe I'm familiar with the forest and can help you navigate a path that works best for you.


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

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

Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

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

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $120 (50min)
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)

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:

  • Super billing
  • Courtesy billing
  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

IMPORTANT! Duke Aetna and UNC BCBS can typically only be used in their respective systems.

Double check conditions of your deductible to avoid surprise charges.


Online Sessions (North Carolina)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am - 7pm
  • Tue 10am - 7pm
  • Wed 10am - 7pm
  • Thu 10am - 7pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Durham practice
2530 Meridian Parkway, 3rd floor, Durham, North Carolina 27713
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10-7
  • Tue 10-7
  • Wed 10-7
  • Thu 10-7
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 4 years

Independent practitioner, Clinician, 2021 - Present
Animal Assisted Intervention of the Triangle, Clinician, 2021 - 2022
Durham Crisis Response Center, Intern/clinician, 2017 - 2017

North Carolina Central University, MA, 2017


North Carolina: 16235