Michael Soto is a licensed Mental Health Counselor, specializing in the areas of traumatic stress, and relationship counseling. He is the founder of BAVOY Mental Health Counseling PLLC, a professional counseling agency in Middletown NY.
Having graduated from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling in Nyack NY, with a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling, he holds certifications in Critical Incident Stress Management, is a Certified Trauma Professional, a Certified Family Trauma Professional, is trained in the Gottman Method of Therapy, Heartmath and EMDR. Michael works with individuals, and couples specializing in the healing of traumatic stress injuries, and other emotional traumas.
Michael is a 10 veteran of the United States Marine Corps, started EMS in 1992 and joined the fire service in 2011. Michael also lectures discussing the topics of stress, trauma, and mental toughness. He also consults with agencies to build strong peer-support teams and trains personnel in peak performance and mental toughness, through mental performance initiatives for the first responder. His training focuses on the importance of maintaining mental health and building ongoing resiliency in this uniquely demanding profession, addressing issues such as the wear and tear on first responders and how to stay healthy from both physiological and psychological standpoints.