Hi! I'm Michelle. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and support families of infants and very young children (birth to six years old).
Clinical Social Worker in Salem, OR
I have extensive training in trauma for young children through adults and specialize in treating trauma and stress of early childhood and other Adverse Childhood Experiences.
I utilize an attachment-centered framework and am certified in Circle of Security Parenting, Infant Massage, and have 14+ years working with parents and young children in relationship with one another. I recognize that children and parents can trigger each other and set one another off - as such, my work focuses on healing the parent and child together.
My approach is two-generational, working with parent and child together. I also believe in the power of ancestral trauma and resilience. Trauma is common and often children and their parents have experienced difficult things together. I am passionate about the incredible healing that occurs for both parent and child when working with these early events.
I utilize Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), an evidence-based model of play therapy specifically for treating trauma in children 0-6. I also have training in PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy) and incorporate other forms of play as needed!
I have extensive training in trauma and trauma-informed care. I am a proponent of harm-reduction practices and that we do what we need to survive. My specific training includes a certificate in Trauma Informed Services, interning with Trauma Informed Oregon and Western Conexiones Center for Trauma Recovery, training in polyvagal theory, interpersonal neurobiology, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, and keeping up-to-date with the latest trauma research.
My orientation is rooted in the attachment lens and the belief that we come to understand ourselves and the world through relationship with others. I have 14+ years supporting early attachment relationships and hold a Level III endorsement in Infant Mental Health.