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Michelle McHugh, LICSW, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Addictions LGBTQ+ Trauma, Abuse Depression
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About me

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW, PIP), licensed in Alabama and Arkansas. Over 20 years ago, I began my career after graduating from NYU School of Social Work with my MSW. Since then, I've worked in a variety of clinical settings - from inpatient addiction rehabs and inpatient psychiatric facilities to outpatient mental health clinics. I've developed specialities in the following areas: LGBTQIA concerns, Substance Use Disorders, Trauma/PTSD, Codependency, and shame reduction. I currently have 11+ years of active service in the Army National Guard as a Behavioral Health Officer and I have spent the past 8 years working with active Guard soldiers as well as military veterans from all branches.

My counseling style is very collaborative, client-focused, and we will avoid stigmatizing language and labels. My approach can combine Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques (CBT), Mindfulness practices, 12-step recovery principles, with some Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) mixed in. I'm trained and certified in two evidence-based therapies for treating trauma/PTSD: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and EMDR. The above approaches will be tailored to fit each client's unique needs.

Let's work together to create meaningful and lasting changes in your life. Take that first courageous step and reach out to me today. I'm here and ready to work with you!

Professional experience

20yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions LGBTQ+ Trauma, Abuse Depression

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Grief, Sleeping disorders, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Codependency, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, First Responder Issues, Gender Dysphoria, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood disorders , Post-traumatic stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Sexuality, Women's issues

Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

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License information


AR LCSW 9844-C


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Michelle’s unconditional support and guidance has allowed me to heal from past traumas and experiences. I am forever grateful for feedback and suggestions on how to approach and handle difficult situations.

Written on Apr 09, 2022 after therapy with Michelle for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues

I’ve been working with Michelle for about 6 months now and I’m so grateful for the time I’ve spent with her. Each week I feel empowered and able to overcome whatever I’ve been struggling with.

Written on Feb 06, 2022 after therapy with Michelle for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, eating disorders, and self esteem