"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." And today you've taken that one most important step.
Hello! My name is Michelle Watson and I'm excited about the opportunity to go along on this journey with you. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Missouri with over 10 years of experience. I have worked with a diverse group of clients with a wide range of concerns including self-esteem, anger management, stress management, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, ADHD and simply learning to cope with life changes.
I find that relationship plays a large role in a client’s willingness to go down this path. It’s essential that clients work with someone they feel they can trust and someone who aligns with their particular needs. Therefore I believe it would benefit you to know a little about me and understand my philosophy of counseling. This is a nonjudgmental and safe place to express yourself. I take a collaborative and supportive stance in my approach to therapy. I strive to empower clients using a strengths-based approach; meaning I believe we all have positives attributes we can draw on to help us cope with difficult times. Therapy is a process. And yes change can seem hard and scary; but through partnering together, we will work on your identified goals and you will feel empowered to move forward. The ultimate goal will always be for you to get to a place in which you feel like you don’t need me anymore; that you have gained a better sense of self and coping. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal psychotherapy, solution focused counseling, and mindfulness based interventions. Please know there is no "one sizes fits all in counseling" so rest assured I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
Change can be hard. And it takes courage to take actions towards a more fulfilling and happier life. Happiness is always possible! This is your first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to partnering with you along this journey!
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Depression, Compassion fatigue
MO LCSW 2008032766
Michelle is so caring and attuned. She takes time to get to know me and my current stressors. I love her personable approach and her genuine care and concern. She's fantastic!
Written on Feb 12, 2021 after therapy with Michelle for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
She is understanding, friendly, relatable, great listener, and a wonderful counselor - bright light in a dark works!
Written on May 07, 2020 after therapy with Michelle for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue