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Michael Spencer


Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Biblical Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Counseling (MA)

Biblical Theological Seminary 

Since the mid-1980s, Mike has combined ministry with counseling for families, couples, and individuals of all ages, using his own life experiences to inform the guidance he provides. For example, having experienced the changes and challenges a marriage endures across decades, he is able to walk couples through the changes needed to remain faithful in a culture that tends to overvalue relational intimacy and undervalue marriage. While he has worked with families, couples, and individuals of all ages, Mike has a particular interest in helping people who have experienced complex developmental trauma, such as adoptive families and those who are currently in foster care. He also enjoys working with men who grapple with addictive thinking and behaviors, anxiety, and depression, as well as younger men who struggle to reconcile their life experiences with their faith. Mike also enjoys counseling church leaders. Mike worked with a group of churches to open a counseling center, helping with communications challenges, depression, anger, anxiety, parenting skills, addiction, and OCD.


In 2013, after adopting two children, Mike received training from Texas Christian University in Trust Based Relational Intervention. He is a certified TBRI Practitioner and Educator and a Prepare / Enrich marriage facilitator. More recently, Mike has been trained in brainspotting, a type of therapy designed to help people access, process, and overcome trauma, negative emotions, and pain, including psychologically induced physical pain. Mike and his wife, Kathy, were college sweethearts who married in 1984. They have five children. The couple helped to plant a church in the Irvington area of Indianapolis, where Mike serves as an elder and works with the men's ministry and the advocate team for community care groups.

Mike sees clients Monday - Friday and offers evening appointments on Monday and Wednesday.

Counseling Areas

  • Adult individuals

  • Couples

  • Youth

  • Children

  • Families

Areas of Focus

  • Adoption/Attachment

  • Anxiety

  • Church Leadership

  • Communication

  • Complex Developmental Trauma

  • Depression

  • Marriage

  • Parenting

  • Pornography

  • Premarital Counseling

Training and Experience

  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)

  • Prepare/Enrich Premarital Counseling

  • Brainspotting

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