Just because no one else can do your inner work for you, doesn't mean you need to do it alone.
Do you feel lost?
Is everyday a chore?
Do you want to feel joy again?
Do you want to feel heard and validated?
Let me help you facilitate your own healing journey
by using many different conventional and spiritual techniques.
Through clinical counseling services and/or a life coaching approach,
I will help you be the best version of you!
Busy schedule? Travel issues? Telehealth services may be the answer for you.
Wanting an open and affirming approach, regardless of sexual orientation, race, culture, or religion? My services are open and affirming to all walks of life.
I am licensed in both Connecticut (LPC) and Florida (LMHC).
NOW TRAINED IN ART, or Accelerated Resolution Therapy (similar to EMDR).
As long as I can remember, I always wanted to help people. My first opportunity came when I was a stay at home mother of two, and decided to take in older foster children. My husband, who was a former foster child himself, and I fostered several challenging cases, mostly teens, over 19 years. In the end, we adopted two of them, a brother and sister. We learned a lot about ourselves during this time, our strengths and our weaknesses, as our parenting skills had never been challenged like this before. However, in the end, it taught us how to work with complex trauma on a deeper, more personal level, how to tap into a multitude of resources, and how to work as a team.
When my children became older, I obtained my recreation therapy certificate and an associates degree in order to work with the elderly in skilled nursing facilities for the next 6 years. Working with the elderly, a population often looked down upon, was such a joy, as I found this generation of people to be so grateful for what they had. Giving back to them through my work gave me an increased sense of purpose. While I enjoyed my job as a recreation therapist immensely, I often felt like I wanted to take a more active helping role as a social worker, and went back to school for my bachelors degree.
Shortly after, I obtained employment at CT Community Care, a non profit, for 7 years as a case manager. The first part of the journey was with the elderly for 4 years, doing home visits and managing their services. I was then offered the opportunity to switch my clientele to the acquired brain injured, which I did for 3 years. Working with this population was new and exciting, and it taught me how to be a team leader, how to advocate for others, and how to really listen to other people's stories. During this time, I obtained two graduate degrees: the first in counseling and the second in health psychology and behavioral medicine, as I wanted to teach and help empower others to help themselves by becoming a mental health therapist. I also became certified in brain injury, in order to continue advocating for the brain injured, a very misunderstood population.
After becoming licensed (LPC), I began part time private practice in 2014, building up my case load to full time in 2018. I practiced for 3 years in a holistic healing center, and due to this, I had an epiphany about the universe, which changed everything about how I saw myself, the people around me, and the community as a whole. After this event, I wanted to spread my knowledge to others, and began learning spiritual practices. I became a Reiki master, a ghost worker, a psychic medium and a student of the magical arts. I incorporate my knowledge base into my practice for those who are open to it, and will continue to teach conventional, spiritual and energy practices in order to help people heal themselves.
The therapeutic relationship is everything! My goal is for you to feel heard and validated through a humanistic approach. Your past experiences are influencing you present day behaviors. Therefore, Socratic questioning is utilized in order to help you gain insight into your issues. Cognitive behavioral therapy is an important tool in my toolbox, as you to turn your pessimistic point of views to a more logical, optimistic approach. Mindfulness is teaching you that depression is in the past, and anxiety is in the future. Only the present moment is where peace lies. Positive psychology helps you understand that everyday, there is something to be grateful for, even in the most challenging of situations.
My newest therapy tool is called ART, or Accelerated Resolution Therapy, which is similar to EMDR in that eye movements are utilized in order to significantly decrease distressful images and the feelings that are attached to them. This works wonders for individuals with PTSD and other challenges, such as phobias.
Spiritual practices will also be discussed for the mind, body and spirit connection, if you are open to this approach. If you think you are experiencing a spiritual awakening, have had unusual spiritual experiences, or you are a spiritual person who feels "stuck", I am here to assist and guide you on your healing journey.
In addition, and separate to my counseling services, I also offer mediumship readings, intuitive tarot readings, mini astrology charts, and Reiki healings on Zoom! Please visit my Facebook page @spiritualreadingsct "Readings by Leaha" for more details and pricing, or contact me directly.
769 Newfield St, Suite 2A
Middletown, CT 06457
Most insurance plans accepted
Low private pay fee available
Early evening and
Saturday hours available
Teletherapy available with most insurance plans
Adults 18 and above
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."
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