Hi! My name is Michelle and I'm a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) working in the state of Virginia. I am 15-year U.S. Navy veteran with over 10 years working as a counselor and life coach. I have worked with clients experiencing a wide range of concerns including PTSD, depression, anxiety and many different types of relationship issues. I have helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse including Narcissistic Abuse, a particularly insidious form of mistreatment.
My counseling style is direct and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialogue and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
It takes courage to seek help for life's complicated issues and to take the first steps towards positive change. If you are ready to take that step, I'm here to support and empower you.
New to therapy? Don't worry, I'll walk you through everything to ensure your comfort.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Expats, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Narcissism, Post-traumatic Stress, Sexuality, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
VA LCSW 0904012016
Michelle is the absolute best therapist I have ever had. She is caring, supportive, and offers me hands on advice that sticks with me long after the session. She has helped empower me to make hard decisions, and has helped me identify toxic relationships in my life. My time with her has been crucial to my independence and self-development. Plus she's hilarious, which I love.
Written on May 26, 2023 after therapy with Michelle for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and coping with life changes
Michelle is AMAZING!!!
She meets me where I am (emotionally) and that may be different places at times. She listens and genuinely cares about me and my concerns.
I would highly recommend her!
Written on Mar 07, 2023 after therapy with Michelle for 8 months on issues concerning intimacy-related issues, coaching, and adhd
Written on Feb 15, 2023 after therapy with Michelle for 5 months on issues concerning family conflicts, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and adhd
Michelle has been an important part of my healing and I am beyond grateful for her
Written on Jan 23, 2023 after therapy with Michelle for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Michelle’s candor and honesty is refreshing. She has true concern for her patients; I feel like I’m talking to a friend I’ve had for 20 years.
Written on Nov 10, 2022 after therapy with Michelle for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and compassion fatigue
Michelle is nothing less than AMAZING.
Written on Aug 15, 2022 after therapy with Michelle for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes