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Michelle Fennessy, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Grief Self esteem, Motivation Depression
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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.

Professional experience

20yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Grief Self esteem, Motivation Depression

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Body image, Cancer, Caregiver issues and stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Divorce and separation, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Expats, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Jealousy, Life purpose, Midlife crisis, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Postpartum Depression, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-love, Sex Addiction, Sexuality, Women's issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

FL LCSW SW 14710


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Michelle Fennessy. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Michelle has been such an aligned therapist for me. She is incredibly empathetic, encouraging, and has given me tools to navigate what brings me to therapy, without being prescriptive and impersonal. She is responsive to my messages, and generous with her time. I am so lucky to have connected with her on this platform!

Written on May 15, 2024 after therapy with Michelle for 2 years on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, and bipolar disorder

Her upbeat and positive communication style feels relevant and sincere; brings great energy and fresh perspectives to every issue. Truly cares about her clients

Written on May 03, 2024 after therapy with Michelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Michelle is amazing. I have been with her for many years now and she has cured a lot of my traumas. I didn’t even know I had.

Written on Nov 07, 2023 after therapy with Michelle for 5 years and 8 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and self esteem

The best you have !

Written on Jun 03, 2022 after therapy with Michelle for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Love Michelle, she is the best!

Written on Jun 10, 2021 after therapy with Michelle for 3 years on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, and career difficulties

Michelle is phenomenal. Without a doubt the best counselor I ever had. She is very caring, supportive and understanding. The perfect person to help you grow. She always believes in you. Even if you don’t. Thank you so much Michelle ♡

Written on Nov 10, 2019 after therapy with Michelle for 1 year and 9 months