Dr. Michael Swords, PHD

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Dr. Swords
222 Saint John St Portland, ME 04102

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I worked with Dr. Swords for roughly a year and a half, and it was great. I felt comfortable, I felt heard and I was able to work through issues that were proving to be overwhelming on my own.
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Dec 27, 2019
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Dr. Swords is a wonderful man and a great clinician. His insight was a great aid in guiding me through some troubling life issues. I am truly thankful for his wisdom and insight.
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Apr 17, 2019
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Dr. Swords helped me sort out Family Hierarchy which was affecting both my Personal Life and Work Life as I had Authority Issues. Through exploration, training from articles and application of principles learned, I was able to conquer my fears of Authority, learned to stand up for myself and as a result have a more Harmonious relationship with my Family, Co-Workers and Supervisors. This was a Marvelous Experience that I would recommend for everyone.
What went well
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  • Staff friendliness
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Gorham, ME – Oct 25, 2018
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Very understanding and professional. He helped me put in place tools that made going through my life easier. I'd highly recommend giving him a chance!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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ARizk in Portland, ME – Aug 17, 2018
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Dr. Swords helped me recognize the fundamental needs in my life for happiness. I have a better sense of myself and what I want. He expresses a strong sense of empathy while guiding me to my own conclusions and self-realization.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Portland – May 10, 2018
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I greatly appreciated Dr Swords empathy, observations, wit & good humor. I found him to be very personable yet professional. When asked for advice his suggestions were thoughtful, personally appropriate & extremely useful. I highly recommend his services.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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May 08, 2018
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Dr. Swords is an excellent therapist. This approach is always respectful and insightful. He has been instrumental in improving my life and helping me to move forward when I felt stuck.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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John libby in Windham, me – Mar 14, 2018
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I believe doctor Michael Swords to be a healer of the mind.. I often saw him weekly as I was not functioning, dropped out of my college classes. My life was a mess. Yet, Dr. Swords was gentle, calm, and gave me hope in my worst of storms. He offered me tools/resources to help me heal. The most valuable information was learning coping skills. I truly appreciate his wisdom & good sense of humor. I highly recommend Dr. Swords. You won't get anyone better!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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5 people found this helpful
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Mar 03, 2018
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Kind, gentle, and patient. Gave great feedback and helped me overcome several major life obstacles. Would highly recommend.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Mar 03, 2018
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I would recommend Dr. Swords to family or friends without hesitation
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Scarborough – Mar 02, 2018
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Dr. Swords is a consummate professional. His counseling, first and foremost, is grounded in compassion, in empathy. His calm manner is reassuring, his years of experience quickly apparent. When I face challenges in my daily life, I find myself thinking ahead to my next session with him and how we will address it; in this way, his beneficial impact on my mental and emotional well-being extends well beyond my time in his office.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
What could be improved
No results
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Mar 01, 2018
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An exceptional therapist. Dr. Swords is compassionate, insightful and easy to talk to. People talk about a "runners high" when they exercise, I leave my sessions with Dr. Swords with a "therapy high". Choosing to work with him has proven to be one of the best decisions I've made in the last 10 years.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Feb 28, 2018
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I have been seeing Dr. Swords on a regular basis for quite some time and I always leave his office feeling more clear and grounded then when I arrived. Dr. Swords is very personable, relatable, intuitive and knowledgeable.. He has way of really getting down to things in a manageable and compassionate way. He has helped me immensely. I would reccomend Dr. Swords to anyone. And he has a good sense of humor!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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portland – Feb 24, 2018
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Dr. Swords is the first psychologist I have ever sought help from. My experience has been fantastic. I have learned meditation techniques and ways of looking at my behavior and thought processes that have helped me to face my challenges. He is never demanding, always compassionate and genuinely understanding. He has a wonderful way of gently pointing out what work I need to do in order to address my issues.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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South Portland, Maine – Feb 22, 2018
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Michael has been a wonderful therapist. He is always willing to help and to listen. I would highly recommend him without reservation.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Feb 21, 2018
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I have been working with Michael on and off for almost 20 years. He is bright, thoughtful, and precise. His intelligence and warmth make him easy to speak to. His care extends to articles, books, and meditations that can be incorporated into daily practice.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Melysa Cassidy in Portland ME – Feb 20, 2018
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I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Swords to anyone seeking a therapist. Dr. Swords has what many therapists are lacking and is a common complaint from thera-phobes. Most people complain that all therapists do is listen and validate and ask questions, but they don't feel they left the appointment with anything practical. Dr. Swords helps you get to the bottom of your challenge, and the he gives concrete actions and anticipated results. I walk away from my appointments with a road map.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Alexandria – Feb 19, 2018
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It is not possible to overstate my regard for Michael Swords. I’ve worked with fine therapists through the years and I am thankful for the help I received. However, for me, Michael is far and away the best—the VERY BEST.. My battles with depression, anxiety and a difficult marriage are all intertwined with my Christian faith. I never felt comfortable including my spirituality in the work I did with previous counselors, but Michael listens to my struggles and I feel respected & understood.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Portland, ME – Feb 16, 2018
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I have had several therapists over the years and most were very good, Dr Swords stands out as one of the best. He has a very personable way of working, an excellent listener and someone with a great deal of compassion. He is very skilled at finding out the core issues and helping me to help myself resolve them using very useful techniques.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Portland ME – Feb 14, 2018
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I started with Dr. Swords 3 months ago and have already seen a huge improvement in my overall well-being but most importantly, my mental health. He is timely with contact, personable, professional, and goes above and beyond to understand what it is bothering you. When the issues are addressed he works to help you understand them through promoting your personal growth and development. He offers many different techniques and ideas to do this and does this through his calm and comforting demeanor.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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South Portland, ME – Apr 04, 2017
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Dr. Michael Swords, PHD is a Counselor in Portland, ME. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Swords to book an appointment.

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  • Psychology

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