Based in our North Liberty office.
Whether you are a young person wrestling with aspects of your identity, a veteran dealing with difficult effects of military service, a person who would like to reduce the impact of trauma on your life, or someone trying to understand the moods and emotions affecting your day-to-day, Michael Markham wants you to know that there is hope for healing and wellness. He embraces diversity of all kinds and welcomes neurodiverse and LGBTQ clients.
Michael works with clients age 10-67, especially adolescents and college students. He begins by finding ways to make connections with clients that help him identify the therapeutic approach that will best serve each client. Approaches he most commonly uses include EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), designed to relieve the distress of traumatic memories; elements of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), which helps people examine and change their thought and behavior patterns to improve their quality of life; and “geek therapy,” which involves incorporating appropriate therapeutic approaches with clients’ personal passions.
Michael offers many potential connection points with clients. His career path started in the military as an infantry soldier. This experience eventually led to his current work with veterans, in particular helping veterans move from PTSD to post-traumatic growth. Upon discharge from the Army, he entered a career in IT. While he enjoyed the opportunities he had in IT to help people solve problems, he realized he wanted to help people in more significant ways. His IT career wound through healthcare and social services settings and helped clarify that becoming a therapist was what he was meant to do. Along the way, the thread connecting every phase of his life and career is an enduring gaming hobby.
Michael says, “As a lifelong gamer, both of video and tabletop games, I know the importance that games play in my clients’ lives. I am emphatically a nerd of many fandoms, and as a therapist, I understand the importance of passionate interest in things and the impact that can have upon our sense of well-being and belonging. I am a gamer affirmative therapist.”
Michael is ready to work with clients as they learn and practice strategies for creating their best lives.
License, Education and Training
Licensed Independent Social Worker, licensed to practice in the state of Iowa
Master of Social Work from The University of Iowa
Bachelor of Social Work from Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Medicare, UIChoice, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Anthem, Health Alliance Medical Plans (HAMP), Health Choices, HealthPartners, Health Smart, Humana/Choice Care, Medica Insure, Medica IFB, Medical Associates Health Plan (MAHP), Midlands Choice, TRICARE, UnitedHealthcare, Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VACCN)
Medicaid: Amerigroup Iowa, Iowa Total Care, and United Healthcare Community Plan