Dr. Michahelles began his teaching career in 1976 as an assistant professor in law at the University of Augsburg, Germany while completing his Ph. D. in Law at the University of Munich. He then moved to California and studied Clinical Psychology from 1982 to 1985. After completing his M.A. at John F. Kennedy University, he started teaching at his new alma mater in 1986, advancing to full professorship in 1996.

Dr. Michahelles teaches the following courses among others: Ethics and the Law; Psychopathology A and B; Specific Theories of Change: The Masterson Approach; Clinical Skills A, Clinical Case Seminar, and Theories of MFT practice I, II, and II.

In addition, he maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Berkeley where he works with clients and serves as the director of Bay Area Center for Psychotherapy (Berkeley and Pleasant Hill), where he supervises post-master’s interns. Dr. Michahelles serves as a core faculty member in the Counseling Psychology Cohort program.

Associations: CAMFT


  • Counseling Psychology


PSB 5115: MFT Theories I

PSB 5230: Clinical Skills A

PSB 5635: Ethics and the Law

PSB 5403: Psychopathology A

PSB 5404: Psychopathology B

PSB/Y 5247: Clinical Case Seminar

PSB/Y 9091: Oral Exam

Credentials & Accolades

Volunteer Board Member of La Cheim [http://www.lacheim.org/#!about-us/c1enr] (2014 to present).

Two year supervision training at the Berkeley Psychotherapy Institute (2006-2008).

“Outstanding Teacher” Award, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, JFKU (2002).

Three-year Post-Graduate Training at the Masterson Institute, West Coast (1998-2001).

Nine months advanced Family Therapy Training at the JFKU Community Counseling (1996/1997).

Two-year professional training program at The Gestalt Institute of San Francisco (1984-1986).

M.A. in Clinical Psychology, John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, California (1985).

Publication of Die Funktionsweise und die Rechtsnatur der Skontration [The function and the legal nature of the national clearing system]. Diss. Ebelsbach: Gremer (1984).

Faculty Prize for my dissertation, Law Faculty, University of Munich (1982).
Dr. jur. [comparable to a Ph.D. in Law], University of Munich, Germany (1981).
Assessor [second State Law Exam, comparable to the Bar Exam and a J.D. in Law], State of Bavaria, Germany (1976).