Specializations

“I work with individuals, couples and groups to address critical issues affecting their lives….and happiness. My intention is to help my clients develop their own tools to become more proactive in their own treatment.” – Michelle

Depression

Depression can involve having a low mood and sadness at a moderate level. Clinical depression can feel like a black, enveloping cloud that unwelcomingly descends into one’s life and makes everyday activities seem overwhelming and pointless. Often, it is hard to see any hope of things getting better.

Depression is a highly treatable disorder and understanding the cause and how to help manage the feelings is how therapy can help. I can help clients who are experiencing any type of depression and I have been effective in helping clients who have felt “stuck” in their depression for long periods of their life.

Anxiety

Everyone experiences nervousness and anxiety from time to time. However, an anxiety disorder is quite different. Anxiety disorders can be very scary and at times feel paralyzing. Physical symptoms can include: shortness of breath, increased heart-rate, tightness in the chest, tension through out the body, dizziness, tingling and numbness in the hands and body, nausiousness, and fear of being out of control.

I treat all types of anxiety issues including generalized anxiety disorders, panic disorders, phobias and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorders).

Couples Therapy

Couples therapy is a positive tool to help couples strengthen their relationship by better understanding each other, improve their listening and empathy skills, and learning how to productively work-though conflict. My approach is to meet with the couple and assess what is getting in the way of having the relationship that each person wants. My role is to help couples create a safe space to explore and process their hurts, disappointments, and anger as well as come together to deepen the emotional and physical intimacy that each partner desires.

My intention is to help build and enhance the positive aspects in the relationship and develop a communication style where each person feels heard and validatied.

Couples Therapy can help with:

  • Communication and problem solving skills
  • Financial stressors
  • Emotional Intimacy
  • Sexual issues
  • Conflicts around child rearing
  • Anger issues
  • Infidelities
  • Life transitions and loss
  • Building greater friendship, respect and passion

Other Areas of Expertise:

  • Relationship Issues including Divorce
  • Addictions
  • Infertility/Post-partum Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Sexuality Issues
  • Parent Coaching
  • Life Coaching
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Self-esteem issues