Mike holds a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California (MFC77671) and in Colorado (MFT.0001669). He specializes in working with the LGBTQIA community - specifically those individuals or couples (or other configuration) who seek out non-judgemental space to explore and understand their gender identity, sexual orientation, BDSM identity or relationship structure. Additionally, Mike's experience in collegiate mental health gives him a unique perspective to assist young adults with questions around college, career, relationships and challenges with motivation, social pressure and personal expectations. Caregivers who are looking to gather support for coping with a family member recently diagnosed with a mental health condition can benefit from a space to openly discuss their concerns.
Mike utilizes a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy to help clients better understand their challenges, and a compassionate, communicative approach to helping couples and families feel heard.
Mike is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), Gaylesta: The Gay and Lesbian Therapists Association of Northern California, and Bay Area Open Minds. He has experience in both public and private schools, hospitals, community health clinics and private practice throughout Northern California.
Mike continues to observe COVID-19 precautions, and is seeing clients virtually at this time, although hopes to open his offices in Sacramento and San Francisco when safe to do so. Mike is able to provide telehealth sessions to clients in California and Colorado.
LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges. I receive specialized consultation in the area of transgender care, and am versed in serving the transgender community.
BDSM / Kink Aware Practice - Having a kink-aware therapist means: Not having to teach me about terms, practices or relationship structures. Knowing that I won’t blame your concerns on your sexual expression or number of partners. Having your sexual expression and openness embraced as part of your identity. Having someone to help find the words for your exact needs in relationship.
Polyamory / Open Relationships - Having a poly-aware therapist means: Having a therapist well-versed in jealousy and jealousy-management. Knowing that your relationship concerns won't be blamed on your relationship structure or number of partners. Knowing that you can explore yourself as someone who might identify with or be fulfilled by more than one relationship in your life.
College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, shared living (dorm, apartment), homesickness, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, and anxiety and/or depression.
Caregiver stress & support - Coping with anxiety, stress, fatigue, and burnout related to caring for a loved one, particularly a loved one who struggles with a persistent mental health concern (Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD); balancing the needs of others with one's own needs and health
Mike Lysaght is accepting clients paying listed fees or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:
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Years of Experience: 16 years
Michael Lysaght, LMFT, LMFT; Self-Employed, 2013 - Present
San Francisco State University, Mental Health Case Manager, 2018 - 2021
Pacific Collegiate School, College Counselor (Director Level), 2011 - 2014
Amy Powell, LMFT, Private Practice Internship, 2011 - 2013
City of Fremont; Youth Family Services, Clinic Intern, 2009 - 2010
Archbishop Mitty High School, College Counselor, 2007 - 2009
Adolescent Counseling Services / Palo Alto HS, Counseling Trainee, 2006 - 2007
University of San Francisco, MA, Counseling Psychology, 2007
Santa Clara University, BA, English, 2005