Michelle is a lifelong Washington state resident, Army veteran, and mother. In her leisure time she enjoys watching sporting events, muscle cars, 4 wheeling, and anything that makes her laugh until her side hurts.
Michelle’s therapeutic approach is strength-based, client-centered, and intuitive with the belief that we have the innate ability to heal, grow, and seek greater meaning in life. She sees everyone as unique, whole, and inherently good.
She believes therapeutic process leans heavily on the connection between client and therapist. Michelle believes you are the expert of your own life, and her role is to be a guide on your journey of self exploration and healing. She finds trust and authenticity are essential elements in the therapeutic relationship.
Michelle relies on CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing as well as blending elements from a variety of modalities and theories to address issues related to stress, anxiety, mood disorders, neurodivergence, family of origin, grief, life transitions, and past trauma. While these modalities offer practical and evidence-based strategies and skills, she also uses a dynamic approach to help clients adjust to a changing world and find grounding with their place in it. Michelle works through an anti-oppression lens with the goal of supporting client’s self-empowerment. Cultural humility and racial awareness are core elements of her work with clients.
She is comfortable working with male, female, and non-binary folks in their late teens throughout all stages of life.
- St. Martin’s University Master of Arts in Counseling
- The Evergreen State College Master of Public Administration
- St. Martin’s University Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice