Child, Adolescent, Adult, Parent, Family, and Couples Therapist
Orlando Office, Child, Adolescent, Adult, and Couples Counseling Services
Michelle is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). She received her Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Psychology and Law, from Clark University, in Worcester Massachusetts, and her Master's degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Assumption College (In conjunction with The Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies) with an emphasis in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Michelle completed her internship at Family Continuity in Massachusetts, and her post-graduate internship at Advanced Psychiatric Solutions in Orlando, Florida, after her move from Massachusetts. Since that time, Michelle has continued to expand her knowledge by attending workshops on various topics, disorders, and psychologically-relevant social challenges.
Michelle is currently working to also become a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and Parent Coordinator in order to further assist her clients going through difficult co-parenting situations, separations, divorces and other high-conflict or legally related family situations. A highly trained therapist with advanced training in these areas can help reduce difficulties, trauma, stress, confusion, and expense in high conflict family and co-parenting situations.
Michelle uses an eclectic approach, focusing on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). She is primarily an adult, adolescent and teen counselor, offering individual, family, couples, and marriage therapy, as well as parenting for parents remaining together, as well as those who separately care for their children.
She continues to bring helpful information and interventions to her practice and clients, believing that clients are partners in the therapeutic process. Throughout treatment, clients learn to become more able to assess and analyze situations and responses, so that they can reduce distress, and move toward the life they want. Clients learn how to adjust to transitions and new life hurdles, manage and respond to feelings of depression, anxiety, grief, and panic, and experience greater peace and fulfillment with themselves, their careers, and even relationships. Michelle is experienced working with mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, substance abuse, grief, trauma, and borderline personality disorder.
Michelle warmly welcomes children, adolescents and adults who wish to experience a more abundant and meaningful life, or possibly work through some life challenges that have left them struggling. Michelle provides a safe, accepting, and comfortable environment, sincere support, and maybe a laugh or two along the way, so that therapy is used as a great tool for the client to achieve goals, and of course, wellness!
Michelle offers individual sessions at self pay rates. Sliding Scales are negotiated and approved by the therapist themselves.
Some of Michelle's Specialties
“Some adolescents / teenagers have minor issues and just need a little assistance to get back on their feet and back on track. Whereas some adolescents / teenagers have very serious issues such as teenage depression, eating disorders, teenage violence, substance abuse, and many more serious issues that need more significant interventions. Some teens go to counseling to prevent problems from occurring in the future and some come to solve current problems or heal from past wounds.
Marriage & Couples Counseling
Some couples need minor adjustments to get back on their feet and some need a major overhaul to save their relationship, marriage, or family. Some couples come to counseling to prevent problems from occurring in the future and some come to solve current problems or heal from past relationship wounds.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
“Play therapy is to children what talk therapy is to adults. Play is a child"s language. Adolescents and adults use languages like English, Spanish, French to express themselves. However, no matter what verbal language children speak, children express themselves best through their natural language -- the language of play. In the playroom, toys, games and activities are used like words. Children are provided therapeutic toys to enable them to say with the toys what they have difficulty saying with words.