Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

  • Michael Lute Michael Lute

Michael Lute, Psy.D.

Therapeutic Style:

I enjoy working with students and feel privileged to sit with clients as they attempt to accomplish their goals in therapy.  I view the relationship between the client and therapist as the foundation of therapy, and I work hard to establish a working alliance characterized by empathy and trust. Although clients often trust the process and start counseling by giving the counselor the benefit of the doubt, I feel that it is perfectly acceptable and understandable if someone is uncertain or uncomfortable with the idea of counseling, and I need to work to earn and develop trust and understanding as we collaborate together.  I believe counseling is a collaboration in which I can offer empathy, understanding, theory, and interventions, but ultimately I rely on client input and feedback so that together we can find what works best for each individual.  In this way I work to empower clients and encourage them to be proactive during their counseling sessions. 

Regarding theory, I work from an integrative, client-centered framework grounded in humanistic, psychodynamic, and interpersonal theories and often attempt to incorporate cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based interventions based on client strengths, goals, and needs. 

Supervision Style:

I feel as though my enthusiasm for clinical work is matched by my enjoyment for serving in the supervisory role.  Similar to counseling, I believe the relationship between the supervisor and supervisee serves as the foundation for supervision.  As a result, my supervision style places primary importance on developing a trusting and empathic relationship with supervisees, and I work to create a safe space in which supervises can be vulnerable while they identify and work toward their goals.  I utilize a developmental model to collaboratively assist supervisees in identifying these goals and growth edges, which can include but are not limited to the acquisition of new skills and interventions, a deeper understanding of theory, the identification of blind spots, and an increased awareness of who we are in the counseling room and how our multiple identities and personal histories impact our clinical work and relationships with clients.  Through it all, I welcome and encourage bi-directional feedback in an effort to enhance the supervision experience.

Professional Interest:

  • Multicultural Counseling and Diversity
  • First Generation College Students
  • Students from Underprivileged Backgrounds
  • Trauma Survivors, Including Sexual Assault, Intimate-Partner Violence, and Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Men's Issues
  • Identity Development and Self-Esteem
  • Family-of-Origin
  • Relationship Concerns
  • Couples and Group therapy w/ College Students
  • Affect Phobia
  • Grief and Loss

Groups & Liaison Roles:

As a psychologist embedded in Res Life, my main office is in Barrett House, and I serve as the liaison to North Campus and Res Life.  Additionally, each semester I facilitate the North Campus Understanding Self and Others Group  described on the CCS Groups Page. My goal is to facilitate and extend the services at Counseling and Consultation Service to North Campus!

Educational Background:

  • University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services - Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2016)
  • Penn State University Counseling and Psychological Services - Doctoral Intern (2014-2015)
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Psy.D., Clinical Psychology (2009-2015)
  • Eastern Michigan University - M.A., Clinical Psychology - 2004-2006 

Personal Interest:

Having grown up in Toledo, Ohio, I am a lifelong fan of the Buckeyes, and I am excited to work with the students here at OSU!  Playing sports was always a part of my upbringing, and although professional and graduate work took me to other parts of the country, I always felt connected to home through supporting OSU athletics, especially during our trips back to Columbus for a game at The Shoe.  Because I enjoy my work with students, self-care often takes some effort and intentionality on my part.  I believe we are all works in progress, and this is one area in which I continually strive to improve.  My favorite self-care activities involve being social and active.  I really value time with family and friends, whether that involves just sitting and talking or attending specific functions and events together.  Regarding interests, I enjoy exercising, especially weight-training.  I am also an avid fan of mixed-martial-arts (UFC), and I enjoy watching or attending UFC events.  In addition to enjoying social activities and being active, I find that a good book or (healthy!) Neflix binge can often be a nice part of my self-care.

My pronouns:

He/His/Him