Professional Background


Michael is a Cognitive Performance Therapist. He is the founder of A Talented Mind Clinic in Richmond, Virginia. Michael specializes in cognitive rehabilitation for acquired brain injuries, insomnia, and pain, and therapy to strengthen the mental abilities of highly talented performers in sports, arts, and military.

He also holds a United States Top Secret Security Clearance that enables him to work in highly secure environments. In addition to his therapy at A Talented Mind Clinic, he consults to the U. S. Department of Defense on mental performance issues. 

He does not provide traditional psychotherapy for personality disorders and mental illnesses. If one is identified, he will refer you to the appropriate mental health professional.

(804) 337-1884,

A Talented Mind Clinic


A Talented Mind Clinic has professional partnerships with other leading organizations to address clients' education, cognitive rehabilitation, and mental performance needs.

Richmond Symphony

Richmond symphony

Performing Arts Psychology

I provide performing arts mental performance clinics called ArtsMind to help classical musicians learn the mental skills needed to practice and perform at high levels, and teach parents of youth musicians how to nurture talents. Learn more


Longwood University

Longwood university

Sports Psychology

I am on staff at Longwood University's Athletics Department to help NCAA Division I athletes learn mental skills to outperform competitors, and help coaches use methods to effectively motivate athlete in- and off-season.

James Madison University School of Music

JMU School of music

Performing Arts Psychology

I collaborate with Laurel Black, co-researcher, percussionist, and professor, to research the mental styles of the world's greatest percussionists and educate developing musicians. Learn more

Richmond Brain Tumor Support Group

Richmond brain tumor support group

Cognitive Rehabilitation

I am a co-facilitator and steering committee member of a support group that helps individuals and families get the support they need after a brain tumor diagnosis.


FC Richmond Soccer

FC Richmond soccer

Sports Psychology

I provide sports psychology clinics called SportsMind for athletes and parents about elevating mental performance in practice and competition. I also provide specialize vision training for athletes.

Richmond Olympiad gymnastics

Richmond Olympiad

Sports Psychology

I provide sports psychology clinics for gymnasts about overcoming fear and reaching full potential in practice and competition. I also provide coaching clinics and parent discussion sessions about how to nurture talent.



Professional Background


Education and Certifications

Certification In the Practice of Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy (CPCRT) through the Society for Cognitive Rehabilitation, Netherlands

Certified Mental Health Service Provider In Sports Psychology Counseling (CSC) through the National Institute of Sports Professionals, Division of Sports Psychology

Trained in HRV Biofeedback from the HeartMath Institute, completing final certification requirement

Master of Science, Organization Development with a specialization in Applied Behavioral Science. Applied Behavioral Science focuses on the psychology of enhancing the performance of individuals, teams, and organizations within different social and performance environments.  Graduated from American University and the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science with the program’s highest academic designation of Distinction.

Certified in Brain Injury Family Intervention (BIFI) through the Virginia Commonwealth University Traumatic Brain Injury Model System

Certified Learning Disability Remediation Specialist through the Edu-Therapeutics Learning Specialist Program

Licensure in Educational Kinesiology through the Educational Kinesiology Foundation

Certified in Lifestyle Counseling through the American Society for Lifestyle Counseling

Certified in Auditory Therapy through Advanced Brain Technologies

Trained in Art4Healing Level One Facilitation through Art and Creativity For Healing, Inc.

Authorized and trained to administer and interpret the ImPACT neurocognitive test for concussions

Certified and Authorized Provider for cognitive and mental skills assessments such as: The Attentional and Interpersonal Styles Inventory, Athlete’s Mental Edge Inventory, CNS Vital Signs Neurocognitive Assessment, Receptive-Expressive Observation, Competency Assessment Battery, Highlands Ability Battery, Multiple Intelligences Developmental Assessment Scales, and The Stress Profile

Certified facilitator of SENG-Model Support Groups for parents of gifted children to address the emotional and social needs of their children, and the parenting issues related to those needs

Trained facilitator of Alzheimer's Support Groups by the Alzheimer's Association

Nationally Certified Track and Field Coach through USA Track and Field

Athletic Performance and Honors

Silver medalist in 800-meters at the USATFF National Track and Field Championships

Top-ten finisher at the USATFF National Cross-Country Championships 

Co-captain of a cross-country team that won the USA Track and Field Federation’s National Championship

Co-captain of a cross-country team that was Nationally Ranked Number 1 by Track and Field News in its final season poll

Captain of teams that won NCAA conference championships

Member of a distance-medley relay team that set the New Jersey state record that stood for 36 years

Member of a 4x1mile relay team that set a USA National Freshmen record

Selected to the New Jersey All-State Cross-Country Team

Faculty Positions

Faculty member teaching Organizational Behavior in the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond (Top 25 ranked business school in the United States)

Practicum Advisor for graduate students in Organizational Development at American University and the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science (Top 10 internationally ranked organization development masters program)

Published Books and Magazine Columns

Journey Back From Chemobrain: Everyday methods to address your chemobrain symptoms

Mental Toughness In Athletes: Sports psychology secrets to dominate and win

The Corporate Competitor: Secrets of the fiercest competitors in business

University of YOU: Select the best college environment for your personality

Quarterly article about cognitive rehabilitation for traumatic brain injuries for TBI Today published by the Virginia Commonwealth University's Brain Injury Model System

Quarterly article about sport psychology methods for athletes, coaches, and parents for FC Richmond Soccer Club

Columnist, Transforming Your Enterprise Magazine, about performance psychology issues in corporate settings

Speeches and Clinics

College Athletes Of the Future: Are You Ready?, NCAA Division I Big South Conference’s Annual Sports Medicine Conference

Solutions To Sports Induced Anxiety, NCAA Division I Big South Conference’s Annual Sports Medicine Conference

Effective Use Of Vision Training and Biofeedback During Injury Recovery, NCAA Division I Big South Conference’s Annual Sports Medicine Conference

Motivating the Injured Athlete, CJW Sports Medicine Physical Therapy and Sports Training

Slowing the Game Down: Vision Training for Peak Performance, FC Richmond Soccer Club

SportsParenting Discussion Group at Richmond Olympiad

SportsGirl Clinic at FC Richmond Soccer Club

Rehabilitation Psychology at CJW Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy Professional Staff Training

Sexual Relationships After a TBI, Rehabilitation of the Adult and Child With Brain Injury Conference

Advances In Dementia Remediation, Rehabilitation of the Adult and Child With Brain Injury Conference

Positive Awareness As A Gateway to Cognitive Rehabilitation at Rehabilitation of the Adult and Child With Brain Injury Conference

Family Cognitive Retraining Education at  Brain Injury Association of Virginia Annual Conference

Family Cognitive Retraining Education at Rehabilitation of the Adult and Child With Brain Injury Conference

The Self-Directed Athlete at Virginia High School League Leadership Conference

Monthly Journey Back From Chemobrain Workshops at CJW Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital

Conquering the Chemobrain Challenge at Pink Mondays, CJW Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital

Cognitive Retraining of Chemobrain at Rehabilitation of the Adult and Child With Brain Injury Conference

Certification Training Workshop called Journey Back From Chemobrain for oncology medical staff at the The John Theurer Cancer Center, Hackensack University Medical Center

Cognitive Retraining at Virginia Commonwealth University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department's Grand Rounds

Journey Back From Chemobrain at St. Mary’s Hospital Brain Tumor Support Group and St. Francis Hospital Breast Cancer Support Group

Support Group Facilitator, Cancer Survivor Support Group at The Hawthorne Cancer Resource Center 

Gymnast Education Workshop at Richmond Olympiad

Coach Education Workshops at Richmond Olympiad

Parent Education Workshops at Richmond Olympiad