Mishelle Ortiz-Velez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with over nine years of clinical experience working with individuals, families, and couples. She recently received her PhD in Family Therapy, from Nova Southeastern University, and is passionate about using her continued education and experience to empower clients through the struggles they face.
Dr. Ortiz has extensive experience working with trauma, grief and loss, suicidality, high conflict divorce and separation, domestic violence, and co-occurring disorders. Special interests include helping individuals cope through family cycles and family structure adjustment periods such as blending families, divorce and separation, or adoption.
Dr. Ortiz strongly believes that, just as in all relationships, a successful therapeutic relationship is based on respect, transparency, and trustworthy interactions. Her framework for therapy is based on the understanding that with the appropriate support and the possibility of a new perspective, you can create opportunities to respond to difficulties in more effective ways.
Dr. Ortiz’s desire to help others is matched only by her desire to travel the world. The thrill and anticipation felt from boarding a flight provides her with a sense of joy that reinvigorates her desire to spread joy and amplifies the passion she has for her work. Clients describe Dr. Ortiz as warm, relatable, and understanding, with a unique outlook on life.
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
- Coping with life changes
Stress, Anxiety , Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Blended Family Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Emptiness , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Impulsivity , Life Purpose , Midlife Crisis , Money and Financial Issues , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Post-traumatic Stress , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
LMFT #MT3026 (Expires: 2023-03-31)
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Dr. Ortiz-Velez is an amazing therapist. I really appreciate her expertise and the worksheets that she provides. Since joining Better Help and being matched with her I have seen so much improvement in my life. She is excellent and connecting with my background and providing culturally relevant care
I feel so much better after working with her! She really helped me see that I could turn myself around, and I can't thank her enough for that.
She is helpful and understanding.
Dr. Ortiz Velez has been amazing so far! She’s helped Me see things and do things and give me confidence to help myself. She’s helped me focus on things within myself but I look past constantly. Shes very kind And reassures me of things that I am possibly doubting. I’m always happy to speak with her!
I am fortunate that I have Dr. Ortiz to communicate with.
Really sweet friendly and fun! After just a few weeks she’s helped me through so much! I would 100% recommended her to friends or family! Thank you Dr. Ortiz-Velez!!!
I am about to have my third session with Dr. Ortiz-Velez. She’s insightful, funny, and makes me feel comfortable to be vulnerable and share my feelings. She offers me a safe space to open up and gives me thoughtful takeaways that stay with me. I am grateful to have been matched with her!
I turned to Dr. Ortiz-Velez in a turbulent time in my marriage when illness was making the relationship hard. I had become a caregiver and was dealing with personality changes in my wife as well as the demands of the caregiving. Dr. Ortiz-Velez was able to help me articulate, understand, and frame my experiences in a way that allowed me to find meaning in a difficult situation. Ultimately a health crisis arose and in a matter of two days my wife died. Dr. Ortiz-Velez was then able to help me reframe my situation and reactions, in light of medical information that became available, so I could hold dear the positive elements of our 30+ year relationship while letting go of the negative experiences of the period of illness. She helped me begin to navigate the new realities as I worked to discover my authentic single self while still holding in sacred memory the love my wife and I had shared. I know the path ahead will not be linear and other trying times will come, but I feel whole and hopeful.
It’s only been a few weeks and I feel changes. I feel heard and I’m starting to understand things that had me baffled. I have no doubt in my mind that the journey of healing will continue with Dr Ortiz-Velez.. she is so sweet and caring. She is very educated and teaches you things that make very blurry concepts clear and I’m grateful.
She is caring and helpful
I really enjoy speaking with her! She has helped me figure out a lot of things already.
Dr. Ortiz is extremely personable and makes it very easy to share with her.