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Biography of Dr. Michael R. Smith, Ph.D.

Self-help author offering spiritual teleclasses and empath training
For over two decades, noted self-help author Dr. Michael R. Smith has been a global leader in the field of personal growth and transformation.
As the author of three popular books, including '
The Complete Empath Toolkit,' Dr. Smith works to help empaths and highly sensitive people recognize and embrace their gifts. As a doctoral trained counselor and energy medicine practitioner, his work on empathic sensitivity has been promoted by best-selling authors like Sonia Choquette, and he has been featured in documentary films. Dr. Smith has given workshops worldwide, including at New Yorks' Omega Institute,and has received invitations to speak alongside luminaries like Gregg Braden and Marci Shimoff. He has personally coached several thousand individuals to make stronger connections between mind, body, and Spirit. Over 750,000 individuals have been guided by Dr. Smith's materials, and his content has appeared on CNN & ABC News, among others. Dr. Smith has spent the last 10 years working with indigenous healers around the world to more deeply explore and promote human potential.   

Michael has interests and experience in shamanism and uses methods of indigenous healing in his phone coaching practice. He lives in Evergreen, CO where he finds his regular Yoga practice to be the most delightfully grounding aspect of his day.  In addition to his successful  Empath Academy spiritual telecourses, he offers a limited number of workshops and retreats and online teleclasses and spiritual teleseminars.
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Intuitive empath coach
Dr. Michael R. Smith

- Assistant Professor of Counseling, University of Wyoming, College of Education, 2002-2005.
- National Certified Counselor (Nat'l Board of Certified Counselors)
- Past Licensed Professional Counselor, Wyoming, 2002-2005
- Former Registered Polarity Practitioner with American Polarity Therapy Association.


Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
"Sacred Energy in Motion"; Kamview Center, Thunder Bay, Canada
Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Fe, NM
American Counseling Association National Convention, Washington, D.C.
Peak Wellness Center, Wyoming 
University of Texas, San Antonio
Midwestern Psychological Association Convention, Chicago, IL
Washoe County School District, NV
Matthew Shepard International Symposium on Social Justice, Laramie, WY
R.P.P. Polarity Therapy 700-hr program, 2005 - New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts  
Ph.D., 2002, Counseling, School of Education, The University of  Nevada-Reno .  
Master of Arts, 1996, Educational Psychology & Counseling, University of Minnesota-Duluth,
B.A., 1994, Sociology, Saint John's University, Minnesota.


Awakening to Abundance Teleseminar with Daniel Gutierrez, 2012 and 2013
Soul-Felt Spirituality & Wellness Series Keynote Speaker, 2012
Kristen Howe's 'Manifest Everything Now' Teleseries, 2012 and 2013
Debra Poneman's Your Life Without LimitsTeleseminar Expert, 2012
The HappyUSummit, 2012
Beyond the Ordinary Show with John Burgos, 2013
From Heartache to Joy with Eram Saeed, 2012
"Awakening with the Masters" Featured Expert,  2011
Life Uplifted Inner Healing Compass Teleseminars (Karen & Salma), 2011 & 2013
Global Teleclass Featured Expert, 2011
Breaking Through with Georgiann, 2010
Sedona Talk Radio, August 2009
Blog Talk Radio, August 2009
LA Talk Radio, Spiritually Speaking Live, Aug. 2009
Para-x.com Radio (CBS Radio); June & July 2009
Oracle 20-20 Magazine, Atlanta, GA, Feb. 2009
Spirit Connections Magazine, Northern California, Feb. 2009

Board of Directors, International Piano Institute, Santa Fe, NM, 2006 - present

Journal of Counseling & Development
Journal of Social Psychology
Counselor Education & Supervision Journal
Dissertation:  Counselor spirituality as a predictor of effectiveness in mainstream counselors.
The Complete Empath Toolkit by Dr. Michael R. Smith features 234 pages of information and tools, along with 10 hours of audio instruction and a free seminar invitation.
Dr. Michael R. Smith has been a leader in the field of mind-body holistic healing for over 15 years.  He is a past assistant editor of Counselor Education & Supervision, one of the leading journals of the 50,000+ member American Counseling Association.  He is the author of 8 research publications appearing in various scientific journals, including his doctoral dissertation on Spirituality in Counseling. He has presented workshops in 20+ cities internationally.

In 2002, Michael received his Ph.D. in counseling from the University of Nevada-Reno, where he initiated a needs-based grant program that has given out nearly $1 million dollars in health care benefits to graduate students. The same year, Michael became Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming, where he was a co-director of the masters degree counseling program. In 2003, Michael started an apprenticeship with several Native American shamans and healers. In a first-of-its-kind partnership, he secured $25,000 in grant funding to teach Native American healing methods to mainstream graduate counseling students. It changed the lives of countless students and community members. "Michael is a leader to me and many others," says Johnna Nunez, Ph.D., one of the students that Michael mentored. "I will always have a special place in my heart for him."
In 2005, Michael made a decision to move out of the academic mainstream and relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico. There he received a certification in Polarity therapy from the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts and became a Registered Polarity Practitioner. He opened his own intuitive counseling and energy healing practice.
In March, 2008, Michael launched EmpathConnection.com, an online resource center for empaths and highly sensitive people, and he published his first book, The Complete Empath Toolkit, which has reached #1 on BookBuzzr.  In 2009, Michael taught an empath workshop at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, co-facilitated a sacred journey to explore Mayan ruins in Mexico, and released two well-received CD audiobooks through Amazon.com: The Empath Experience, and Empath Intuition.
Michael's second book, Navigating 2012: Thriving in Earth's New Age debuted through Amazon in 2010.  Also in 2010, he created and funded an empath/highly sensitive person scholarship program that has awarded four scholarships for empaths to pursue the careers of their Hearts.   In 2011, Michael co-authored his third book "Awakening the Genesis Within" with noted psychic healer LD Porter.
Michael is currently on the board of directors of the International Piano Institute of Santa Fe, Inc. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, his two cats, drumming, and a wonderfully joyful Nia and Yoga practice.  He lives in Evergreen, CO.  

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