Dr. Mishelle Ortiz-Velez

LMFT

About Me

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.


Specialties

  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #MT3026 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Mishelle Ortiz-Velez. 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.

Written by A.N. on Jun 23, 2022 after therapy with Mishelle for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and compassion fatigue

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

Written by L.A. on Jun 23, 2022 after therapy with Mishelle for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

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.

Written by T.H. on Apr 05, 2022 after therapy with Mishelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

She is helpful and understanding.

Written by J.U. on Feb 16, 2022 after therapy with Mishelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

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!

Written by M.A. on Jan 17, 2022 after therapy with Mishelle for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and grief

I am fortunate that I have Dr. Ortiz to communicate with.

Written by C.H. on Jan 02, 2022 after therapy with Mishelle for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Amazing

Written by A.A. on Dec 10, 2021 after therapy with Mishelle for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with life changes, trauma and abuse, adhd, parenting issues, and compassion fatigue

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!!!

Written by J.U. on Oct 13, 2021 after therapy with Mishelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

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!

Written by R.A. on Jun 02, 2021 after therapy with Mishelle for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

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.

Written by L.I. on Apr 09, 2021 after therapy with Mishelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

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.

Written by P.E. on Nov 04, 2020 after therapy with Mishelle for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

She is caring and helpful

Written by C.H. on Nov 04, 2020 after therapy with Mishelle for 3 weeks

I really enjoy speaking with her! She has helped me figure out a lot of things already.

Written by K.E. on Sep 02, 2020 after therapy with Mishelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Dr. Ortiz is extremely personable and makes it very easy to share with her.

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