Michael S. Oden MA, DPO M.A. in Counseling Psychology. Since 1998 he has supervised and interviewed thousands of clients who were under the jurisdiction of the criminal justice system. Michael believes in helping individuals who have had issues with substance dependency and emotional dysfunction for most of their lives. He has dedicated his professional life to championing the belief that gaining emotional freedom from addiction is possible. He is a counselor in private practice in Manhattan Beach, California, consultant, award-winning author, speaker and workshop facilitator for organizations, including Law Enforcement Agencies, State of California Head Start Program and Family Owned Businesses. He developed The Needs Based Method(R) and founder of Final Step.