Michelle helps people who are feeling lost, confused, or stuck in situations. She helps people who are feeling scared, hopeless, and looking to feel safe again. She helps people who are hurt by not being understood by others or are hurt by not understanding themselves. She helps people who are wanting to discover more about who they really are.
In her relationship with clients, Michelle focuses on providing a sense of safety and non-judgment. She’ll feel your big emotions along with you but stay steady so that you have the freedom to focus on yourself. She also hopes to bring a sense of humor, because even though you may be doing some difficult work, finding joy in life is so important. She approaches clients with curiosity; she is interested in learning about what it means to be you and hopes to inspire that same inquisitiveness in you, about you.
Michelle is motivated to work hard to truly see you, even though you might be confused about who that is right now. Michelle believes therapy is about making connections: discovering connections between what we feel and the way we think and act; connections between our conscious and unconscious minds; connections between our mind and body. Exploring all these things using your connection to your therapist as an important tool can be a really good way to take that confusing jumble of things you’re feeling and sort through it—together.
At Relational Psych, Michelle specializes in trauma, including childhood abuse, PTSD, sexual abuse/assault, and dissociation. Michelle also specializes in intersectional identities. She supports those who want to know themselves better whether they’re experiencing a life transition or exploring intersections of their ethnic, cultural, racial, spiritual, sexual, and gender identities. She also works with those recovering from anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and has experience working with trans, non-binary, and gender diverse people. Michelle is currently learning more about different treatment modalities for trauma and PTSD because no single approach works for everyone.
Michelle’s favorite thing to do outside of work is find a quiet corner and read. On weekends, she continues working on her goal to hike every trail in the Issaquah Alps with her son.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, WA - LH61341351
M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Northwestern University