My name is Mike and I am a friend of imperfectionists and second chancers. For the past 15 years I have focused my work on helping people flourish by helping them be passionate about their not-so-perfect stories. 

I've developed a simple framework to help us experience a lifestyle of freedom and to courageously work through our struggles, hurts and pain. My resources, training and private practice are focused on helping people pursue radical acceptance and radical responsibility in their lives.   

I am the author of "Freeway" and "Wonderlife" small group curriculum. Over 200,000 people have used the workbooks to find hope, purpose and God's radical grace in their not-so-perfect stories. 


In 2015 I created the Rescue Academy LIVE which is a 2-day workshop and Online E-course. These innovative courses train people how to effectively counsel friends, family and those we influence.   

I speak at conferences, churches and professional gatherings about how to turn our hurts and hang-ups into an unfair advantage in life. I speak on the topics of shame, identity and living free.  

My work has been featured on Good Morning America, Fox News and in the New York Times. Believe it or not, I've also appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart which was quite a funny experience.  


In 2016, I released my book "People of the Second Chance" (Waterbrook Publishing) where I share my own not-so-perfect story of permanently disfiguring an innocent man, hiding my own childhood sexual abuse and my ongoing struggle with shame. In the book I unpack the lessons of what it means to embrace a new identity and step into God's beautiful possibilities for life.

In 2018, my wife Jennifer and I published "Five Dates," which is a His and Her workbook to help couples connect. The creative workbooks help couples build intimacy and closeness by creating a positive environment to grow. The five step process helps couples win in their relationship by strategically focusing on dynamics that set couples up to win. 

I am the founder and Chief Chance Officer at People of the Second Chance. We are a non-profit organization guided by this lofty ideal: that every person on earth gets a second chance if they want one. We build tools and create experiences to amplify hope in people's lives.

I host the "Fun Therapy" podcast which helps people find beauty in the brokenness. 


I have been married to my wife Jennifer for 22 years and have 2 children. My family and I live in San Diego, CA and own a fluffy Pomeranian. 



For inquiries about my resources, workshops or for speaking engagements please use the form below.

NOTE: Unfortunately, I am not able to do counseling correspondence through email. If you're interested in receiving information on my 2-day, one-on-one intensives, you can use the form below.   

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