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Michelle Story, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

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!

Professional experience

10yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Depression Coping with life changes

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

Services offered

Video
Phone
Live Chat
Messaging

License information

VA LCSW 0904012016

Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Michelle Story. 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 amazing therapist but even more impressive is the person she is.
Her ability to figure out very early in each session what I need to work on or just discuss, allows us to spend the majority of the time we have productively.
I would highly recommend her to others.

Written on Jun 24, 2024 after therapy with Michelle for 1 year and 11 months on issues concerning intimacy-related issues, coaching, and adhd

Michelle is always available to me and supports me unconditionally. I am grateful to her for getting me through this hard time in my life.

Written on Jun 10, 2024 after therapy with Michelle for 1 year and 9 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 hands down the greatest therapist I have ever had. She meets me where I’m at but never fails to push me when I need to be pushed. She has saved my life and changed me and is actively helping me become the best possible version of myself

Written on Feb 13, 2024 after therapy with Michelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Love her!

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