Michael Pavlak Ph.D
About ME
For Couples

Northcoast Mental Health Associates
3690 Orange Place, Suite 430
Beachwood, OH 44122



About Me

Personal Statement

I am in private practice with North Coast Mental Health Associates in Beachwood, Ohio and I provide psychotherapy to adults (18 and older), couples and families and utilize a cognitive– behavioral approach and systems approach. Cognitive–behavioral therapy is based on the premise that the way we feel and act is influenced by how we think about our world, our self-talk, and how we interpret the events around us. A systems approach looks at the interdependence of individuals with their world and emphasizes the quality of relationships, communication patterns, and problem solving patterns in those relationships.

My areas of specialization include treating depression/mood disorders, anxiety disorders, stress, and relationship and marital issues including communication problems, intimacy concerns, difficulty in resolving problems, recovering from affairs and infidelities, separation issues, and divorce adjustment.


Ph.D. Counselor Education
The Pennsylvania State University

M.Ed. Counselor Education
The Pennsylvania State University

B.A. English and Secondary Education
Cleveland State University


Psychologist, State of Ohio

Independent Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Ohio


Clinical Member for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Postdoctoral Education

The Cleveland Center for Cognitive Therapy
Advanced 10 month training program in the clinical practice of cognitive therapy

Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), Trained Leader
PREP is an education based program that teaches couples the skills and principles associated with successful relationships.

Prepare-Enrich Marital Evaluation and Counseling Program, Trained Counselor and Seminar Director
Prepare/Enrich is a relationship evaluation and skills program based on a set of five inventories that examine major relationship issues a couple may experience.

Professional Organizations

American Psychological Association (APA), Member

Ohio Psychological Association (OPA), Member

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor

Ohio Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Member