Michele is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT). She received her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University in Portland, Oregon and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in management and marketing from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
After receiving her Associates License, Michele spent 2 years partnering with Light of Life Counseling Services working in the residential treatment field. She provided individual, family, and group therapy services to local group homes serving clients suffering from various types and degrees of mental illness combined with substance abuse problems.
Michele's passion is helping people find inner healing and peace as well as enhancing their ability to successfully connect with others in a meaningful and satisfying way. She specializes in anxiety and depression symptoms, whether caused by major childhood or adult trauma, simply feeling stuck in an undesirable place in life or somewhere in between. Michele is currently under the supervision of Jonathan Harrop and is in training for Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She plans to become nationally certified with the respective governing international associations.
Michele completed her practicum in Portland, Oregon at
Providence Hospital Chemical Dependency and
Stabilization Unit (CDSU) offering enhanced service of
individual and family systems counseling usually deferred
to outpatient care. After moving to Arizona, Michele
pioneered the first out-of-state internship through George
Fox University in conjunction with Mending Hearts Family
Services in Glendale, Arizona. Michele's primary focus was
on couples, families and children implementing modalities such as Child Centered Play
Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, and enhanced parenting skills with focus on attachment.
Michele has experience working with couples to create a stronger and more satisfying connection by creating a safe place for the couple to have open honest conversations. Often this involves processing past hurts and identifying the maladaptive response patterns within each individual and between them as a couple. For some couples, one person or both have experienced some form or level of trauma that requires additional attention. Michele is currently in the process of becoming certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to improve her work with those needing to clear out difficult or even traumatic mental and emotional blocks.
Rates for Michele
4 hour couple intensive sessions –
Discounted at $110/hour.