"The best view comes after the hardest climb"
Do you feel lost?
Is everyday a chore to get through? Do you want to experience life again and feel joy?
Do you want to feel heard
Let me help you facilitate your own healing journey by using many different conventional and spiritual techniques in order to get you back to who you were meant to be.
Busy schedule? Travel issues? Telehealth services may be the answer for you. Physically challenged? My office is completely accessible. 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.
My professional counseling licenses are held in the state of Connecticut (002607) and Florida (MH16995).
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. It wasn't easy. 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.
During this time, my children became older, and I wanted to go back to work full time. I then 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 was a win-win, as it gave me a 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 during this time, 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 practicing 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 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. Spiritual practices will also be discussed for the mind, body and spirit connection, if client is open to this approach.
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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