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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 Masters 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 seasoned psychotherapist in multiple capacities. She has been a provider in substance abuse residential treatment and intensive outpatient programs, including at the renowned Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers. Michelle worked in psychiatric hospital, therapeutic community, and substance abuse recovery residence settings.  She uses her experience gained through these settings to help guide her psychotherapy practice to be individualized and meet clients’ needs.

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 counseling for:

Other Areas of Concentration

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


  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)


  • Group Counseling
  • Individual Counseling

Age Groups

  • Adults

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

Billing & Availability

  • Weekdays

    • Mornings
    • 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.


Advanced Certifications

  • Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained Clinician
  • Motivational Interviewing Trained Clinician
  • Dual Diagnosis and Chemical Dependency Provider
  • Certified Sex Therapy Informed Professional (CSTIP)


  • MD License #22881

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


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