Michael Banh, MA
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist &
Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
AMFT129460 & APCC10644
Supervised by Jessica Farber, Psy.D., CA Licensed Psychologist, PSY 22360
Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies at UC Riverside
Master’s Degree in Counseling at Western Seminary
Areas of Focus:
Family of Origin
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Broken. That’s a word that describes the world and the people living within it. We all hurt, feel sad, and struggle with something. As much as we try to cover up and hide, we can’t escape the feeling that things aren’t the way they’re suppose to be. Even if we’re able to hide our struggle from everyone else, shame inwardly confronts us at every turn. However, to be human is to experience brokenness, pain, sadness, and shame. As a fellow struggler, I have compassion, empathy, and understanding for those who struggle. I want to help and walk alongside people who struggle and reassure them that it’s okay to not be okay and that there’s hope even in the midst of their brokenness, pain, sadness, and shame. I believe that people who hurt and struggle need someone who cares and understands them instead of quick fixes and easy answers. There is freedom and healing in simply opening up about our struggles to someone who listens and being met with compassion and empathy. My hope is to provide a safe and supportive environment where people can do that without fear of judgment or shame.
I graduated with a Master’s in Counseling from Western Seminary and am a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. I have also completed biblical counseling coursework through the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation and am a total Bible geek. Outside of counseling, I am an active member of my church and enjoy connecting and hangin out with friends, dancing, cooking (and of course eating good food), staying fit, being outdoors, a good podcast, laughing, and spending as much time as possible relaxing (so countercultural, I know).