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Biography

Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi. She practiced law for 20 years before obtaining a Master’s of Social Work from Florida State University in 2017. During her graduate studies, she participated in an International Program to study social work in Prague, Czechoslovakia, focusing on that country’s progressive policies regarding addiction and prostitution.  She has worked extensively with groups, individuals, and with couples on a variety of mental health issues.  Her patients would tell you she is compassionate, knowledgeable, available and engaging.  

Michelle has worked extensively as a therapist in multiple capacities both at in and outpatient facilities during her career. She previously worked in Florida at Vista Psychiatric Hospital, at the Florida Recovery Center’s residential treatment facility and intensive outpatient programs, Metamorphosis Therapeutic Community, Perspectives Recovery Residences, and in Maryland at the Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Center.  Michelle has worked at a psychiatric hospital, a residential treatment facility for substance use disorders, a therapeutic community for substance use and other mental health issues, as house manager for a recovery residence, and at an outpatient clinic for substance use disorders. She is now in private practice full time.

Michelle embraces the strengths-based approach of social work which emphasizes collaboration with a client to identify and utilize the strengths they already possess to achieve the goals that are important to them. Her therapeutic presence is informal, relaxed, compassionate, safe, and generously infused with humor and fun. Her client experiences range from persons with severe mental illnesses to clients with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance use disorders, codependency and other relationship issues, low self-esteem, grief and loss, trauma, and existential and other spiritual dilemmas around purpose and meaning.

Michelle is EMDR trained and utilizes this cutting edge protocol for trauma and other issues. Other therapeutic interventions include CBT, Gestalt-type experiential modalities, mindfulness and meditation, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, and solution focused interventions when lifestyle changes are in order and more practical methods would be useful. She specializes in trauma adhering to the body work intervention models of Bessel Van der Kolk and Eric Gentry.

Michelle loves to scuba dive, hike, and has written three novels!

Michelle specializes in a variety of concentrations, modalities, and services.

Specialties

Concentrations

  • Adult Children of Alcoholics
  • Addiction
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Codependency
  • Depression & Mood Disorders
  • Ethical Non-Monogamy, Kink, and Poly
  • Grief & Loss
  • High Performance Careers
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Marginalized Communities
  • Post Traumatic Stress and Other Trauma
  • Sexuality
  • Exploration of Spiritual & Religious Beliefs

Modalities

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Services

  • Group Counseling
  • Individual Counseling

Age Groups

  • Adults

Here's Michelle's general availability and billing information.

Billing & Availability

  • Weekdays

    • Afternoons
    • Evenings
  • Telehealth States

    • Maryland [MD]

Billing & Insurance

In-Network provider under Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland for most clients who have a Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plan in the DC, MD, and VA area.

Out of Network provider for all other insurance plans.

Able to provide Superbills for clients to submit to their insurance company for reimbursement. If you have Blue Cross Blue Shield and live outside of the DC, MD, and VA area, please check with your insurance on any potential coverage restrictions prior to beginning therapy.

Here are some of Michelle's professional credentials.

Credentials

Advanced Certifications

  • Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained Clinician
  • Certified Complex Trauma Practitioner-I (CCTP-I)
  • Motivational Interviewing Trained Clinician
  • Dual Diagnosis and Chemical Dependency Provider

Licensing

  • MD License #22881

Did you know that Michelle moderates groups that you can attend?

Groups

  • Couples Coaching- Let’s Talk About Sex (and Intimacy!), Baby

    Weekly @
    Virtual
    Sex Intimacy