Hello! I am so happy for you to be here. I am a Licensed Marriage/Family Therapist, licensed in California. I have been primarily working in the world of foster care and adoption, helping couples and families navigate the often heart-wrenching world of foster, adoption, and infertility. I have also worked with children and teenagers in the foster care system, helping them adjust to new placements and the repetitive grief and loss they experience. As a result, much of my expertise also involves family and relationship issues. I have also worked with clients on stress management, relationship conflict, anxiety, and parenting issues.
My counseling approach is to build a relationship with you and help you discover what your goals are, and walk alongside you as you meet them. I understand it is difficult to begin this process and will be constantly mindful of how valuable your trust is. I encourage my clients to give me their feedback on what is working for them, what isn't, and how we can adjust as we move forward in the therapeutic relationship. I look forward to meeting with you!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Grief, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Domestic Violence, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy
CA LMFT 85040
Michelle has helped me, been there for me and helped me process my thoughts. She has also helped me learn about how to set boundaries and what to say through text and in person when it comes to family conflicts.
Written on Sep 05, 2022 after therapy with Michelle for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and intimacy-related issues
I’ve always been very anti- counseling. I’ve had negative experiences in the past, so when I started with a Michelle I didn’t know what to expect. Overall she’s been amazing and has helped me in such a short period of time. I look forward to our weekly session and she definitely challenges me to dig deeper and make positive changes in my lifestyle.
Written on Aug 24, 2021 after therapy with Michelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Michelle has been a tremendous help in my healing process and has appropriately provided new methods to deal with my trauma, stress and anxiety.
She is always on time and quick to respond. Great listener and seems to be easily able to mold a session into exactly what you need at that time. Highly recommend!!
Written on May 17, 2021 after therapy with Michelle for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes
We have only had one session but I appreciate her help and I think she has a great idea of what I am dealing with.
Written on Jan 20, 2021 after therapy with Michelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd