Hello, I am Michele Fitzgerald and I started working with adolescents in substance abuse treatment in the 1980s. I have a rich work history including working in Kodiak, Alaska as well as Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to substance abuse and mental health counseling, I have worked in adoption, birth parent counseling, and social work in a hospital and long-term care center. I appreciate the evolution of the Behavioral Health and Alcohol and Drug counseling fields which were treated at one time separately when I started my career. I view recovery as synonymous with wellness. I value the development of strength through adversity. I am a good match if you are looking for a counselor who is a good listener and views mistakes as opportunities to learn.
I am available on Saturday afternoon if this works for you.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Codependency, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Life Purpose, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing
MN LPCC cc02294
Michele and I have had two sessions and I think we're still in the "getting to know you" phase of the therapist-patient relationship. I feel she listens and has responded with insight and encouragement. Michele is getting to know me as I face some major life changes. She is empathetic, supportive, and listens to my concerns about certain therapeutic modalities.
We're vibin'. It's working.
Written on Apr 02, 2023 after therapy with Michele for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Very thoughtful and great listener
Written on Dec 08, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes
She's been si good for me.
Written on Dec 07, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, anger management, and coping with life changes
Michele helped me reset and reboot after my mom’s death. She was easy to talk to, asked insightful questions, and was genuinely excited when I made progress. I would definitely work with her again, and recommend her to anyone recovering from a major setback in life. Thanks, Michele, you helped me so much.
Written on Nov 12, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 1 month on issues concerning grief
Michele listens to me and hears me. She has helped me through the hardest parts of my grief and the self doubt. I feel like she will listen to what I have to say and help me through it, rather than dismiss my concerns.
Written on Aug 30, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
I was extremely nervous for my first video session but as soon as Michele started the call I felt at ease. She is very understanding and easy to talk to.
Written on Jul 28, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, and adhd