Christopher Michael, Ph.D., QME is a licensed clinical psychologist and forensic psychologist. He received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 2006 from The University of Tulsa. Dr. Michael also holds a degree in music and musical theatre, giving him sensitivity to the lifestyle and concerns of artists and performers. He completed a predoctoral internship in clinical psychology at Patton State Hospital. He then entered and completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at Patton. He worked at Patton State Hospital for over 2 additional years as a staff psychologist, specializing in the long-term treatment and reintegration of persons who have entered the legal system as a result of severe mental illnesses. As a result of his time in forensic and civil inpatient facilities, Dr. Michael gained experience in the assessment and treatment of serious mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder, related anxiety and depression and personality disorders such as Narcissistic, Borderline, and Antisocial Personality Disorders.
Dr. Michael is currently an Adjunct Professor/Lecturer at Alliant International University’s doctoral program in Forensic Psychology, the California School of Forensic Studies. He has conducted clinical and forensic evaluations in a state hospital setting and in jail settings for the San Bernardino Superior Court, and also in drug-treatment and outpatient settings. His evaluations have typically focused on diagnosis, criminal issues (Court Competency, Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity), and topics relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act, including academic accommodations, workers’ compensation, and fitness for duty for civilian personnel. He is a state Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME). Dr. Michael is a peer-reviewed author, primarily in the areas of paranoia and psychosis.
Dr. Michael specializes in Psychotic Disorders, Depression, Generalized and Social Anxiety Disorders, Body Dysmorphic Disorder and body image disturbances, cognitive, psychoeducational, and interpersonal group therapy for mental illness and addiction, and Somatoform Disorders (body symptoms that are sensitive to psychological factors). He trained with a private group of therapists in Relational Somatic Psychotherapy, a blended treatment incorporating aspects of body awareness and movement, object relations and interpersonal theories, gestalt approaches, and spirituality. In practice, he draws from psychoanalytic/brief psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, and communications-analytic approaches. Dr. Michael is currently attending a one-year certificate program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute, with a two-year option for advanced certification.