“I am able to connect with others in a non-judgemental manner due to my understanding that every one of us is fallible.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
It feels authentic and genuine for me to be in the position of providing warmth, empathy, and compassion to those who are ready to heal. In order to understand pain, we must have gone through it. From an early age, I faced hardships which led me to become the devoted counselor that I am today. I am able to connect with others in a non-judgemental manner due to my understanding that every one of us is fallible. I love what I do so much and I find meaning and purpose in helping others achieve inner peace. It pains me to see people suffer, but I am not afraid of emotion. Through this, my personal hardships and training and I empower clients to not be afraid to take risks or face challenges.
What should someone know about working with you?
Negativity dampens our spirits; positivity lifts them up. Through the experience of therapy, you will gain the ability to focus on uplifting thoughts in any situation and become the best version of yourself. This will occur within a trusting, mutually respectful environment. My mission is to create a counseling setting that feels safe and where clients can be their authentic selves while expressing complete vulnerability. Therapy is not an easy process, but anything that offers quick relief will not last long — I always say, “Rome was not built in one day.” The harder the work, the bigger the payout.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe in the rights and dignity of human beings, that all people have meaning and purpose, and that no individual is without value regardless of who they are or where they’ve been. These principles are at the heart of every effective clinical interaction. I believe that each individual has purpose, meaning, and objective value. People are not born as empty vessels onto which a society or government grants rights and value. Instead, simply by virtue of being a human being, you have inherent value, purpose, and meaning. As your counselor, I will treat you with dignity, respect, and with genuine concern for your wellbeing. Self-awareness is perhaps one of the best tools you can use to avoid imposing your values on clients.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
A staggering number of people with mental health conditions report that their needs are not being met. Assessments performed via telehealth lead to outcomes that are comparable to in-person treatment. A growing number of controlled trials are providing more insight into the potential of telepsychiatry to deliver quality care while lowering costs. The greatest reductions in cost are associated with diminished travel time, better coordination of care, and early intervention.
What have other clients said about treatment with you?
One client testimonial is as follows: “Michelle is an extremely professional and friendly person. Connecting with her, which is really important to me, is easy. Her training and knowledge are clearly evident during our interactions. She explains things in a manner that is clear and easy to understand. You get a real sense that she genuinely cares and is giving you her all. My expectations have definitely been exceeded. I highly recommend her.” Another says, “I’ve been seeing Michelle for over two years and I must say, I can’t picture not speaking to her every week! She’s always motivated and pushed me to be my better self. I highly recommend her.”
“Therapy is not an easy process, but anything that offers quick relief will not last long.”