Welcome! Reaching out for help is often the first and most difficult step to initiating change in our lives but I’m so glad that you are here! My name is Michelle and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida with over 14 years of experience working as a psychotherapist. I’m originally from New York which was where I received my Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Social Work. I relocated to Florida almost 5 years ago, for a little more sun and less icy cold weather. I have worked with clients with a wide range of struggles including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, career challenges and those who have experienced trauma. I also helped many first responders who witnessed multiple traumatic events as part of their work and helped them to improve their ability to cope with such exposure and remaining memories. In addition, I work with those struggling with adjusting to change, whether it is moving to a new area or dealing with a health issue (for example, Infertility, Diabetes, High blood pressure). I truly enjoy working with people to help them process, address and overcome their struggles.
I utilize a Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral approach with many of my clients as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy tools. In my practice I also utilize a Reprocessing approach called EMDR. I believe a motivational strengths perspective is extremely beneficial and offering non-judgmental validation, empathy and reflection combined with psycho-education enables us to build a solid rapport and assists in preparing you to gain needed insights and make necessary changes so that your behaviors will be in line with meeting your goals. Above all though, I believe the therapeutic relationship, being able to feel connected and comfortable to share your feelings with your therapist is most important. I sincerely care about each person that I work with and curtail my approach to meet individual needs.
What I most enjoy is teaching people the tools they need to deal with their problems and find solutions. I would be honored to help you develop and reach your goals! I truly look forward to getting to know you and having the opportunity to work with you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Trauma and abuse
I also have experience in LGBT, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression
LCSW #11016 (Expires: 2019-03-31)
I'd tried online counseling services previously, and was not very happy with it.
When I gave BetterHelp a try and matched up with Michelle, she changed everything for me. She's helped me become a more mindful person. She's given me lots of coping and managing tools for the stress and anxiety in my life.
Michelle's help is very important to me. I've signed up for BetterHelp's quarterly subscription because of the wonderful changes Michelle's brought to my life. I've also convinced my sister to give BetterHelp a try, and she's now a member as well.
Thank you, Michelle!!