Michael J. Formica is a board certified counselor, executive coach, teacher, and self-development expert who writes and lectures extensively on spirituality, psychology and related disciplines. He attended Columbia University's Teachers College, among others, and, in addition to three advanced degrees in psychology, has been awarded degrees in both theology and philosophy. Michael has had training in the Theraveda and Mahayana Buddhist traditions, and is an Initiate in the Shankya Yoga lineage of H.H. Sri Swami Rama and the Himalayan Masters.
Over the past 25 years, Michael has developed a broad clinical focus that centers on compulsive dependency, addiction and relationships, as well as anxiety, depression and a number of personality disorders. As Director of Clinical Services at Boys and Girls Village Day School, he helped to develop a multi-tiered clinical model that was an integral part of a larger therapeutic educational program formally cited by the Connecticut Board of Education as "what should be a model for alternative educational programs throughout the state".
In addition to his work as a clinician and educator, Michael has made notable contributions in the areas of conflict resolution, child development and motivational behavior, as well as intelligent media design and cognitive science. He has published more than 250 articles on psychology, healthcare, sociology, cultural anthropology, spirituality and related topics, and his work has been featured in a number of national publications and media outlets, including The New York Times, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Fox News, MSNBC, and NBC News. Michael has also edited several books, including Dr. Steven Reiss' Myths of Intrinsic Motivation and recently contributed a chapter to Gale Publications' Opposing Viewpoints: Addiction.
Michael's professional experience also includes faculty positions at a number of colleges and Ivy League universities, program consultation to several New England school districts, and advisory positions with the American Psychological Association, the National Science Foundation, the National Holocaust Museum and the Smithsonian Institution.
Michael has been a devoted teacher and practitioner of yoga for almost 20 years, in addition to having studied and taught traditional Eastern martial and medicinal arts for more than 30 years.
Enlightened Living considers psychology -- the science and study of the spirit -- and psychotherapy -- the practical application of wisdom -- through the lens of eastern thought, as well as eastern and western spiritual practice.