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Michelle Starosky, LMFT

Relationship issues Family conflicts Trauma and abuse Intimacy-related issues Parenting issues
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About me

I have worked in the mental health field for over 25 years, and enjoy working with many kinds of people. Coming from a systemic approach (family therapy), I try to utilize and understand a person's upbringing and support system. I have experience working with people suffering from trauma, substance abuse, and severe mental illness.

I am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, with a specialty in Art Therapy. I try to utilize various forms of processing, some non-verbal, to help clients understand their problems and work through issues that are causing distress or impairments in their life. I enjoy working with families, couples, children and individuals.

Besides utilizing the systemic approach and non-verbal therapy, I am also EMDR trained, and can use this modality to help clients work through traumatic events that have occurred in their life.

Professional experience

26yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Grief, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Visually Impaired, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

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These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Michelle Starosky. 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 a very thoughtful therapist and she is very caring and gentle. She is also often very funny.

Written on Mar 27, 2022 after therapy with Michelle for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and anger management

Working with Michelle has been wonderful she is extremely helpful and considerate.

Written on Jun 02, 2021 after therapy with Michelle for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and adhd