Michelle Fortier (she/her)

LCSW
Accepting Clients

Work with those who have been involved with the criminal justice system, who have suffered trauma or with Borderline Personality traits.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tallahassee, FL

Services
  • Individual
  • Adolescent/Teen
  • Group

About My Clients

I treat trauma to include both recent traumatic events and childhood abuse. I also treat mood instability, suicidal ideation and self-harming which are often symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. I also am experienced in working with those that have or had involvement in the criminal justice system to include formerly incarcerated people, prison staff and law enforcement. Trauma abounds in those areas and people deserve peace. I also enjoy providing supervision for LCSW Interns.

My Background and Approach

Tired of going to therapy and just talking, talking, talking but never figuring out how to cope with your trauma and strong emotions? I am certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy which is very skills based. We learn how to cope with strong emotions, stop self-harming and develop a life worth living. I absolutely LOVE DBT and have seen the enormous benefits for people who emotionally suffer. I also offer Brainspotting which is a type of therapy for trauma that gets to the feelings and sensations of the memory so it can be processed. With Brainspotting, we don't keep talking about the trauma over and over again. I also offer Sandtray therapy that can help individuals identify and work through current problems and trauma related issues.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I have, unfortunately, met therapists that react with fear when they hear any talk of suicide or self-harm and proceed with an automatic Baker Act. We safety plan together and learn skills to cope with scary thoughts and self-harm behaviors to keep you safely in the community, following DBT protocols. I am LGBTQ+ friendly and knowledgeable. I have experience working with sex workers. I work with individuals in poly relationships. And it's not an "I don't judge" mentality but rather "I support" belief system. People with Borderline Personality Disorder? One of my most favorite groups of people to work with and the diagnosis is, unfortunately, one of the most marginalized in all of mental health. Tough topics require good self care and when not working, I get outside and enjoy nature, camping, hiking, traveling and spring hopping.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Cigna
  • Medicare
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • United Healthcare
  • Wellcare
I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Wicca/Paganism
  • Interfaith
  • Multifaith

At A Glance

  • Experience: 11 years of practice
  • Rate: $100 - 125/session

Info

8503064476 Email Michelle
1725 Mahan Drive
Suite 210
Tallahassee, FL 32308

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