Dr. Michael Rivest, Pastoral Counselor/Therapist, Winston Salem, North Carolina, 27103

Dr. Michael Rivest, M.S., Ph.D., D.S.T

Pastoral Counselor/Therapist

I love being there for people. I believe that all of my clients should receive merit badges for courage as they face the difficult obstacles that prevent them from being happy and achieving their goals.
Counseling topics include just about everything including, marriage and sexual problems.

Dr. Michael Rivest Practice Specialty

  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety or Fears
  • Child or Adolescent Issues
  • Christian Counseling
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Infidelity
  • Life Coaching

Client Focus

  • Age Specialty: Adolescents, Adults, Elders
  • Session Format: Individual, Couple
  • Demographic Specialty: Christian
  • Treatment Approach: Christian

Practice Details

  • Name: Dr. Michael Rivest, M.S., Ph.D., D.S.T
  • Therapist Type: Pastoral Counselor/Therapist
  • Gender: Male
  • Accepts Insurance: No
  • Company: Counseling Solutions at SMI
  • License #: NCCA # 7347687
  • Years in Practice: 25+
  • Education: Ph.D. in Christian Counseling , DST in Scripture Both earned doctorates are from Bethany Divinity College and Seminary(formerly known as Bethany Bible College and Theological Seminary.

Approach Description

We use various approaches to counseling that are found in Scripture and that Christians have used successfully throughout history. Your Christian counselor might use Biblical precepts, Temperament Theory (Biblical version).


  • 1606 Briar Lake Circle
  • Winston Salem, North Carolina 27103
  • United States

Hours of work

Day and evening by appointment.
The FAST START: The first counseling session usually called an Intake, lasts 50 minutes and can be very helpful. Sometimes the couple needs a FAST START. So we offer two sessions back to back, 100 minutes. This is like getting two weeks of counseling at one sitting. This is a great opportunity to get that troubled marriage really moving in a positive direction.



Driving Directions

FROM I-40:

Hanes Mall Exit on Stratford Road. Turn right.
Turn right on Jonestown Road.
Take the first right into Huntington Woods.
Take the first left on Briar Lake Road
Take the first right on Briar Lake Circle


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Dr. Michael Rivest Practice Description

What Makes Christian Counseling Unique?
Christian Counselors have an understanding of the attributes of God, the nature of human beings, the authority of Scripture, the reality of sin, the forgiveness of God, and hope for the future.
Counseling and spiritual direction are forms of �renewing the mind,� We need to be taught in the �School of the Lord�s Service.� �For as we advance in the religious life and in faith, our hearts expand and we run the way of God�s commandments with unspeakable sweetness of love.� (The Rule of St. Benedict)
The Christian Counselor seeks to help clients change behavior, attitudes, values, and/or perceptions. We attempt to teach social skills; to give support in time of need; to teach responsibility; to instill insight; to guide as decisions are made; to help clients mobilize inner and environmental resources in times of crisis; to teach problem solving skills; and to increase client competence. But the Christian Counselor goes farther. He or she seeks to stimulate spiritual growth in clients; to
encourage confession of sin and the experience of divine forgiveness; to model Christian standards, attitudes, values and lifestyles; to present the Gospel message, encouraging clients to commit their lives to Jesus Christ; and to stimulate counselees to develop values and live lives that are based on biblical
teaching, instead of living in accordance with relativistic, humanistic standards. Scripture and The Rule of St. Benedict and teachings of the church Fathers serve as guides for this kind of spiritual growth.
Our counseling techniques have at least four characteristics: to arouse the belief that help is possible, to correct erroneous beliefs about the world, to develop competencies in social living, and to help clients accept themselves as persons of worth. Christian Counselors would, with some frequency, pray in the counseling session, read the Scriptures, gently confront with Christian truth, or encourage clients to become involved in a local church. At the core of all true Christian helping is the influence of the Holy Spirit. His presence and influence make Christian counseling truly unique. It is He who gives the most effective counselor characteristics: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. He is the comforter who teaches �all things,� reminds us of Christ�s sayings, convicts people of sin, and guides us into all truth.
Our Uniqueness
Counseling Solutions at St. Matthew�s Institute is also unique in that our counselors are trained and Licensed Temperament Counselors by the National Christian Counselors Association. Temperament Therapy begins with the assumption that each of us is created as unique individuals. This counseling helps
you to discover your own uniqueness and, in that discovery, why you do the things you do. Because Temperament Therapy deals with the inner man, not just symptoms, you will receive real answers to your problems. As a result counseling is more thorough and takes less time. Your counselor will use other theories as well, but the backbone of your counseling will be Temperament Therapy, which has been proven to be highly effective.
Some Short Videos on Counseling Issues:
A Man Confesses His Adultery:
A Couple Arguing Badly:
Husband Caught Using Pornography:

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