Dr. Mishelle Ortiz-Velez

(PhD, LMFT)
Therapist Dr. Mishelle Ortiz-Velez Photo

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

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 M.A. on Sep 07, 2021 after therapy with Mishelle for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and grief

Dr. Ortiz-Velez, has been a wonderful sounding board for me.
Always listens and has a great understanding of my issues and concerns and guides me to find the solutions for myself, which leave me empowered and thankful.

Written by C.H. on Aug 09, 2021 after therapy with Mishelle for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

She is amazing! I look forward to talking to her each week. Very understanding and relatable

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.