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Michelle Riley, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Family conflicts Trauma and abuse Depression
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About me

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in California. I have over 25 years of experience working with various populations including individuals with severe mental illness, addictions, families, children, couples and individuals. I’ve worked with a broad range of concerns including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, relationship issues and parenting problems.
My passion in life is to help others identify and nurture their strengths. My treatment style is to use a collaborative, client-centred approach. I believe in working with clients in an honest professional manner to help them feel empowered and motivated to take control of their lives and realize that they can achieve happiness and resolve any life issues they may have. I enjoy connecting with others using empathy, listening and a sense of humour.
I will do an initial background assessment and then we will set goals from there.
I look forward to working with you.

Professional experience

25yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution-Focused Therapy

License information

CA LCSW 21736


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Michelle Riley. 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 is an excellent therapist. She's patient, attentive, knowledgeable and empowering. I'm very grateful to have been matched with her because she has really helped me gather the tools that I needed to feel like I can handle and overcome stressful situations.

Written on Nov 10, 2022 after therapy with Michelle for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and family conflicts

Michelle has been very helpful so far and I feel comfortable with her so far.

Written on Jul 24, 2021 after therapy with Michelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Working with Michelle Riley was a very enriching experience. Ms. Riley was a joy to have as my therapist, although my time with her was short, it most certainly was productive and extremely helpful. She was a bright shining light in my life and was my cheerleader, always in my corner cheering me on to strive for bigger and better things in life (one small step at a time of course). Thanks so much Michelle for all you did for me and I’m sure you will continue to change a lot of lives in the next years to come. All the best and thanks so much BetterHelp for all you do.

Written on Apr 06, 2021 after therapy with Michelle for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Great listener. Really enjoyed working with Michelle.

Written on Mar 19, 2021 after therapy with Michelle for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

Michelle Riley.. Listens. She listens even when your not listening to yourself. Riley is a gentle guide to help you uncover, observe , and face whatever may come.

Written on Jan 31, 2021 after therapy with Michelle for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Michelle was really lovely and approachable. She really read and digested my first messages and broke it all down into manageable topics. She helped give me pointers and aims at the end of each session to work on and focus on for the next session to help with my ways of managing different situations. Thank you Michelle!

Written on Jan 14, 2021 after therapy with Michelle for 4 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes