FOLLOW A BETTER PATH...
352 Main Street
Durham, CT 06422
I AM CURRENTLY OFFERING TELEHEALTH TO ALL
Congratulations on taking the first steps towards healing! I am so glad you reached out. I have 11 years of counseling experience working with a variety of individuals from all walks of life, including adults and adolescents. There is physically challenged accessibility at my office in Durham, CT, as I believe all should have equal opportunities. Busy schedule? Travel issues? Telehealth services may be the answer for you.
I currently hold two masters degrees: Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology, and Human Services/Counseling. I was a licensed therapeutic foster parent for 20 years through the Department of Children and Families, and worked with multiple adolescents with a wide range of serious mental health conditions. I also worked as a case manager for 7 years fighting for the rights of my acquired brain injured, physically challenged, and elder clients through the Department of Social Services, and have a certification in brain injury (CBIS). For 5 years, I assisted in running retreats for engaged couples with my husband of 28 years. My professional counseling licenses are held in the state of Connecticut (002607) and Florida (MH16995).
I am very eclectic in my approach to therapy. I practice Holistic Psychotherapy, which is about working with the mind, the body and the spirit. Psychotherapy also helps you connect your past events to your present day situation. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps you turn your negative thoughts processes into positive ones through more logical responses to anxiety driven situations. Acceptance Commitment Therapy, which through mindfulness techniques, helps you accept the present moment for what it is, and use it to grow to our fullest potential. Talk therapy is also an important part of the counseling experience, in order to purge our feelings and emotions in a safe space. I also offer Spiritual counseling, for those struggling with their spirituality and awakening process. I am open and affirming to any individual who identifies as LGBTQ.
I am a true believer that your past experiences have brought you to your present situations, and will be assisting and supporting you in your counseling journey. You are always in charge of your own therapy experience, and I am merely a guide to assist you in reaching your goals that you choose to work on. My office is a safe space for you to feel heard. Allow me to help you find a better, more peaceful place in your life. My philosophy is simple. Believe in yourself!
A.B. on Dec 09, 2019 after counseling on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes: "She was very knowledgeable and gave me advice I could use and helped me understand and look at my situation in a different way."
B.R. on Nov 28, 2019 after counseling on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and anger management: "This was my first counseling experience and Michelle made it effortless. I’m confident that with her help, anyone can improve themselves."
E.M. on Nov 20, 2019 after counseling on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and trauma and abuse: "She has been extremely helpful and understanding. She is also very good about reaching out to me, even if I haven’t reached out first."
L.A. on Nov 06, 2019 after counseling on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd. "The video session was extremely helpful for me. I had a lot of issues happening all at the same time and Michelle was very helpful in helping me deal with them and providing some advice of how to react. I felt much better after counseling."
E.L. on Oct 16, 2019 after counseling on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching. "Michelle is kind and considerate. She makes me feel sane and offers options for my scenarios. She’s quite direct and I love that. She’s always there to guide and support without pushing. Really helpful! Thank you."