Michelle Van Aken (She/her)

Accepting Clients

I am here to support you on your journey towards healing and growth. Providing counseling in California and Washington.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in La Mesa, CA

About My Clients

Are you seeking a transformative journey in your personal growth and healing? Are you seeking the guidance of a skilled and compassionate therapist? Do you want to expand on a goal, increase your creativity or process emotions, thoughts, feelings? Whether its a creative block, a traumatic experience, physical or emotional pain, my goal is to empower you, providing you with the tools and support needed to process and integrate trauma, restore balance, and foster a renewed sense of well-being.

My Background and Approach

As a trained and certified Brainspotting therapist, I approach my work with deep compassion, creativity and a genuine desire to assist my clients in navigating and resolving trauma, creativity blocks, increasing expansiveness and integrating emotions, thoughts, feelings and memories. One of the remarkable aspects of Brainspotting is its ability to bypass the limitations of traditional talk therapy. It allows clients to access their body's innate capacity to heal and integrate experiences, often leading to lasting relief and growth. I have more than 20 years of experience working in a variety of capacities, with multiple populations and through the lifespan. I approach my work with deep compassion, creativity and a genuine desire to assist clients in navigating and resolving whatever issue they bring to the therapy session. I am skilled at adapting the therapy to each individual's unique needs and experiences, ensuring a personalized and effective approach to healing.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I entered this field to help others. I believe in each person’s ability to create change for themselves, for others and for our environment. It is an honor to be on this journey with each of my clients, and I am here to offer my expertise, creativity, and unwavering support every step of the way. I practice my own self care and support those around me in finding ways for self care that work for them, whether that’s a daily meditation practice, exercise, reading books, friendships, art or other creative endeavor, a yoga practice, saying no to things that no longer support us or yes to new experiences. I am open to new experiences and am a lifelong learner. I love travel with family, friends, or solo. I have two cats that often join in on teletherapy sessions, they however, do not like travel.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Out of Network
  • Cigna
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Optum
  • United Healthcare
  • UMR
  • Evernorth
I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 22 years of practice
  • Rate: $125 - 200/session


2538482805 Email Michelle
4700 Spring Street, #204
La Mesa, CA 91942

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