Are you looking for a therapist with lived experience who provides practical tools and active dialogue? Hi, I'm Michelle. Let's talk.
Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC
I bring lived experience and 13 years of professional experience to this population. My work with clients focuses on psychoeducation, identifying practical ways to externalize executive functioning deficits like procrastination, time management, impulsive words and actions, and organization. I also focus on ways to reduce sensory overwhelm. I also work from a self compassionate lens because I believe that real change can never come from a place of hating yourself.
I work with clients to identify and practice boundary setting, discover patterns of codependency throughout their life and relationships, and build self esteem that so often underlies a need for codependent relationships. I provide psychoeducation on the difference between interdependence, which is necessary, and codependence which can undermine our ability to value ourselves. At the same time, all behavior has a purpose and I work to build self compassion for how the brain helps us surive.
I have several years experience working as a bereavement counselor for a hospice agency, as well as my own lived experience with losing close family members at a young age. I know that grief never goes away or fully heals, but we can learn to carry it so it doesn't dominate every day. I work from a continuing bonds model which means learning to build a new relationship with the person you lost. The goal is not to forget, it is to be able to remember with more than just pain but also joy.
I utilize solution focused therapy for practical application, because I believe change happens when we are trying things outside of the therapy room. When you learn practical skills and tools, you will be able to leave therapy with a greater confidence and mastery that will last the rest of your life.
Mindfulness and body based/somatic therapies are essential to helping us change our underlying core beliefs - the things that keep us "stuck" even when we know in our head what the right answer is. I utilize meditation, guided visualization, and other body based therapies to help you rebuild that mind body connection which is often the key to unlocking long term healing.
I am a level 1 trained Brainspotting therapist. Brainspotting can be used to help clients get "unstuck" and to help us unlock a deeper level of healing. Brainspotting is a type of therapy similar to EMDR, but considered more "gentle," that uses your visual field to help you identify mental blocks and use deep mindfulness to process them. This can be used on everything from everyday frustrations, to long held traumatic memories.