Michelle Fennessy

(MSW, LCSW)

About Me

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida. I earned my Master's degree from Columbia University in New York, and my Bachelor of Psychology from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.
Reaching out for help takes courage and self- awareness, so if you're here I hope you give yourself credit for taking this important step to heal and transform, or simply to feel better. The idea of sharing your most private, painful, or even scary feelings with someone you don't know could be intimidating initially, especially if this is your first time in counseling----but I assure you----you're not alone.

Part of my graduate training to become a therapist required that I be a client myself (I may be biased but I think anyone could benefit from therapy). Even so, no matter how beneficial I believed psychotherapy to be, it always took me time to open up and finally feel safe enough to reveal the thoughts or feelings that bothered me about myself or my circumstances. The journey was always worth it.

As an experienced therapist now, I can tell you that each of us has a gift and I can see the beauty in a person early on, no matter what the concerns are. Most of the time we just want to know that we're not alone. You are a gift, you are not alone, and you deserve to feel better.

My particular areas of expertise are anxiety, depression, trauma and heartbreak. I work with people in "middle marriage" crisis. I help men and women modify addictive or self- destructive behaviors such as binge-eating, over- drinking, resisting the urge to text, call, or social media "stalk" someone they know isn't good for them. I specialize in the unique stressors of the ex-patriot life both psychotherapeutically and personally, having lived and worked abroad myself for many years.

My approach is rooted in the Strengths Perspective , Cognitive Behavioral, and Goal Oriented therapy. I am fascinated by Energy Psychology and I believe a shift to a thought or story that feels better, will change a person's energy enough to allow good things to flow to and from the individual. The key is to find the better feeling thought so that this can happen with ease.

Some clients come to me for help utilizing and understanding the role Law of Attraction can have in their lives for making their hopes and dreams manifest. Whatever your wish is for entering therapy, you deserve a life that you love and a life that loves you back. I believe I can help you feel better and achieve your heart's desires.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, Family, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related, Eating, Parenting, Anger, Career

Years of Experience: 12

Licensing

LCSW #SW 14710 (Expires: 2019-03-31)


Reviews

Written by E.L. on Apr 25, 2018 after counseling with Michelle for 2 months on issues concerning relationship, family, parenting, and self esteem

I am very happy I was paired with Michelle as my counselor. I have relationship and family issues. I am in an abusive relationship and know I need to leave but haven’t yet. I was so thankful for Michelle not judging or projecting her beliefs on me. She coached me and explained why I have certain feelings. She gave me something my friends didn’t, a safe free place to talk and never judge. She helped me understand why I kept going back to the abuser. Once I was able to change my mindset and see why and how he was abusing me, I was able to gain my strength and leave. Thank you for continuing to help me!

Written by A.L. on Apr 20, 2018 after counseling with Michelle for 3 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, eating, parenting, and self esteem

It has been a great experience! I am very glad I decided to talk to the professional and I was lucky that Michelle was my counselor.
I got some really helpful advises and some tricks i will use further in my life. If i am lost again at some point, i would search for her support again!

Written by M.I. on Apr 09, 2018 after counseling with Michelle for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, and career

Michelle’s been so wonderful, professional and kind. I value her advice greatly and see her as a role model in many ways :)

Written by M.A. on Apr 05, 2018 after counseling with Michelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Michelle is very dedicated and has been very helpful. She will take you seriously and listen to your concerns.

Written by R.E. on Mar 16, 2018 after counseling with Michelle for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, eating, and self esteem

Michelle is such a caring and supportive person. She has the best vibes! I'm constantly messaging her and she responds within just a few hours and she always has something soothing to say that makes you think twice about whatever you are going through and look at the problem from a different and more positive perspective.
She always seems so excited to see me and to know what is going on, no matter how many people she has already seen that day.
I was definitely needing the support I'm getting and I'm very thankful to her ♥️

Written by S.C. on Mar 13, 2018 after counseling with Michelle for 2 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, and relationship

A breath of fresh air in my life. She's capable of totally transforming the way you think about yourself, for the better. She's energetic, enthusiastic and compassionate, and makes this experience totally worthwhile.

Written by M.A. on Feb 28, 2018 after counseling with Michelle for 2 months on issues concerning depression, relationship, and grief

If you are considering a therapist on here, look no further. Michelle is without a doubt the best. She is compassionate, highly intelligent and realistic. She doesn't say what you want to hear, she tells you what you need to hear. She has great understanding of life issues and thoroughly cares for her clients. I felt at ease with her right away. I came to her with some heart break stuff and through our sessions was able to move forward and move on with my life....which was exactly what I wanted. She is non-judgmental - just a real pro. You are lucky to have found her, as I was.

Written by M.A. on Feb 26, 2018 after counseling with Michelle for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and self esteem

Michelle is kind and supportive. She offers different approaches to tackle issues and I feel confident and comfortable talking to her about anything.

Written by M.A. on Feb 03, 2018 after counseling with Michelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and self esteem

I was feeling distressed, unhappy and confused. I didn't feel like I had anyone I could talk to. And I wanted help fast. Then online therapy popped into my head. I have been in therapy before and it was not easy getting a timely appointment or finding the right "fit." So I thought "What do I have to lose?"

I really lucked out. Michelle responded right away. I immediately felt that I had someone there for me. Using the BetterHelp portal I wrote and wrote and wrote what I was feeling and information about my background that I thought would help Michelle know who I was. She responded quickly to each of my messages with supportive and encouraging words.

Then I set up a phone session. I really liked her written replies but talking to her live was even better! She helped me to clarify my thoughts and to become more realistic about my situation. We've had 2 phone sessions so far and I am doing so much better. I think I was really lucky to get matched up with Michelle. I have been telling my family about my experience and they are amazed at how helpful Michelle has been to me.

Written by D.A. on Jan 31, 2018 after counseling with Michelle for 2 weeks

Although I’ve just started recently, I’m very grateful for Michelle being part of my journey. She’s an amazing human being - always compassionate, a great listener, understanding, encouraging. She and her positivity are very up-lifting. It’s comforting to know that she is there. Thank you Michelle!

Written by K.I. on Jan 29, 2018 after counseling with Michelle for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Michelle is an excellent counselor, she is helpful and is always here to listen. She will help you work out everything that doesn’t work. She's the kind of person that really cares.

Written by J.A. on Jan 14, 2018 after counseling with Michelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, eating, parenting, self esteem, and career

It’s a great help to have Michelle « in my pocket » through phone, because I’ve access to someone who’s present and available at anytime to listen to when I feel bad or anxious. Even if you don’t have an answer right away, the only fact of writing to her is a relief because you know you’ll be heard by someone and will be answered by a good heart. She has little tricks to help to deal bad thoughts and the good words to give confidence or relief me.

Written by M.E. on Jan 10, 2018 after counseling with Michelle for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Michelle is great - she doesn’t take sides in arguments or concerns I have at home. She neutralizes them. I never thought online counseling would ever help but I find it more helpful as I can be more myself. Michelle is wonderful.

Written by R.I. on Jan 10, 2018 after counseling with Michelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Excellent!

Written by V.A. on Jan 08, 2018 after counseling with Michelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship, family, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, and career

My Counsellor Michelle Fennessy is extremely good and helpful in resolving my issues. One thing about Michelle is that she speaks about what I think sitting few thousands of miles away which blows me away. I am very happy to confide my issues to her and wait for her quick response which gives me very good guidelines. I am able to come out of my issues rather quickly compared to my old counsellor who prescribed medication. Without any medication and personal attention, Michelle is able to treat me online. It is a wonderful experience and I am sure one would be benefitted if taken seriously. All the best.

Written by C.H. on Jan 08, 2018 after counseling with Michelle for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Michelle is a wonderful counsellor and I'm so glad I was matched with her! She is kind and always responds with so much empathy. Her positivity is infectious. I always look forward to what she has to say; she is so insightful and knows straight away what the real issues are. She also does her best to reply to messages quickly, even on weekends. Michelle is someone who genuinely cares.

Written by C.H. on Dec 10, 2017 after counseling with Michelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, eating, and self esteem

Michelle is so, so great! Just knowing I have her to reach out to any time is such a comfort. She is extremely knowledgeable in her areas of expertise, is compassionate, empathetic and especially positive and uplifting! I am so grateful I have this tool and Michelle in my life! It's priceless! Thank you BetterHelp for helping me find Michelle!

Written by J.E. on Dec 10, 2017 after counseling with Michelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related

Michelle is absolutely amazing! Honestly, her insight and guidance are spot on and truly made a difference in setting my new goals and complete outlook on life!

Written by A.D. on Nov 28, 2017 after counseling with Michelle for 4 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, intimacy-related, parenting, and self esteem

I liked very much all the support Michelle Fennessy gave me. I have no words to describe how important it was to talk to her. She answered all my questions in a short time and went directly to the point. The service as a whole was excellent for me because I travel a lot, so I sent messages to her in my free time, which was different in each day. A face-to-face therapy would not allow me to do that. Thank you very much for all your help, Michelle! It really was the Better Help! ahahaha

Written by G.E. on Oct 31, 2017 after counseling with Michelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship, family, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, and career

I found out about BetterHelp through the Mental Illness Happy Hour. Very thankful!

Michelle is a very caring counselor and I'm looking forward to continuing our work together.