I will help you get through your difficult life challenges so you can feel more confident, happy and whole. If you are struggling with your health, significant loss, or difficult circumstances within your family or work life, I can guide you, educate you, support you, connect you, and most importantly believe in you, so you can shift from hurt to hope, chaos to calm, and overwhelm to opportunity. I do this work because I truly believe each person is worthy to feel valued, heard, and understood and to have a fulfilling life that is meaningful and purposeful.
I saw my first therapist when my father died when I was 10 years old. I did not know what was going on. That part was such a blur, because I did not know how to explain how I was feeling. As I started to develop my identity, I noticed people would come to me because I was laid back and chill. As my studies continued, learning about the different populations, I knew I wanted to work with I went with the populations that dealt with trauma, anxiety, depression and the LGTBQ+ community.
After many years of working with adults on life stage transitions, I am here to work with you as you work through your transitions. Transitions like - divorce, adult dating, job or career changes, working with aging parents, your own life stages, empty nesting, loss of a loved one or pet. There are so many things that come up in life that adults need to work through - at times this can cause anxiety, depression or just confusion which can impact your outlook and how you are interacting with others. I look forward to working with you to identify your story and to help you decide how you want to write the next chapter.
Sometimes life just gets to a point that we need an objective party to weigh-in, provide feedback, and to help identify patterns of coping that are no longer working for us. If you feel stuck you are not alone. I'm glad that you've gotten the courage to seek help! I have been working in the mental health field for over 10 years, and in that time I have solidified my passion for helping others identify and work on problem areas in their lives. I believe in providing a collaborative and non-judgmental space where we can explore barriers together that keep you from being the best version of yourself at this time.
Most people come to counseling either feeling stuck in their present situation or in significant emotional pain. Our ambition is to help you resolve or learn ways to better manage your concern(s) in a safe and experiential environment. It would be a great privilege to join you during this time in your life. Be confident that your therapeutic work is of great value to us, and it is our mission to support you in a nonjudgmental, culturally-sensitive, and caring manner.
Michelle creates a safe space for clients to share their life’s story, bringing their full selves, in order to grow more into their own personal sense of wellness. Being fully known and heard is in itself a path to healing. Michelle walks with the client as they become aware of ways their thoughts and beliefs about past experiences, behaviors, and relationships are affecting their present.
I work with children, teens and young adults struggling with a variety of issues. I have extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, substance use, self-esteem, family discord, academic issues, suicidal ideation, and more. Each person comes to counseling for their own unique reason and need. I aim to meet people where they're at and work through their problems every step of the way so that they become a better version of themselves.
Are you going through difficult changes in your life? Divorce, relationship problems, illness, career uncertainty? Feeling depressed, anxious? Having age-related problems? Memory, fear, adjustment, grief? Have you had bad experiences you can't get over, that haunt you, or keep tripping you up? Do others notice that you're different? Do you feel different to yourself; feel that your life is just stuck, without direction, motivation? Does some of this sound like you? Then I can help. You and I can form a productive, helpful relationship through which to take on the issues that are holding you back.
When faced with challenges and struggling with how to manage them, it can be helpful to come to therapy to sort through the complexities that are in each of our lives. Whether struggling with mood management, behaviors you don't want to engage in anymore, or just feeling too alone and overwhelmed with modern demands, therapy can be a place to learn to separate patterns that are helpful from those that aren’t and to be able to have support to face challenges that enable us to grow into the people and values that matter the most to us.
In short, I believe that working together means getting to know you and that figuring it all out takes partnership. For that, we both need to do our best to relate straightforwardly with one another. My primary concern in therapy is developing an honest relationship driven by a mutual desire to understand your lived experience. Therapy at its best is a process of shared meaning making that recognizes the need for unique problem formulations and paths to recovery.
Are you living the life you want to live? Or are negative thoughts or life patterns getting in your way? Let’s find tools to do things differently. I can help you to be less distressed by your thoughts and feelings and to live a more satisfying, meaningful life. I work with couples and individuals on a variety of issues including work stress, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues.
In 1987, I helped develop CenterPoint Counseling. I currently serve as their Executive Director and we have a staff of ten therapists. I am trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist and licensed as both a Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Social Worker. I also have a Doctorate in Pastoral Care and Counseling and am ordained as a Presbyterian Minister (P.C.U.S.A.) I am on the National Registry of Marriage Friendly Therapist. I work with individuals dealing with anxiety and depression issues. I see couples, partners and spouses and am certified as an Imago Relationship Therapist.
Change is all around us, as a natural part of every life. It can happen in an instant, or it may come around slowly. Whether you are encountering a situation you didn't expect, or choosing to move forward in a different way, it can be helpful to have a listening ear and supportive presence. As a counselor, my goal is to help you feel heard, understood and companioned on your journey.
I believe through telling your story, you can create insight and lasting change in your life. I have clinical experience working with depression, anxiety, stress, coping skills, grief, loss, trauma, life transitions, LGBTQ, addictions and women’s issues. I work with adults and children ages 12 and up. I use traditional talk therapy, as well as art therapy, and walk and talk therapy in the private practice setting. I can offer complimentary 30 minute "meet the therapist" sessions to ensure you feel the best fit possible. I am also trained in EMDR and utilize Internal Family Systems in a client centered approach to healing.
If you are looking for a compassionate therapist, you have come to the right place. Being with the dying with 25 years of hospice experience and listening to grieving loved ones provides a gentle, caring backdrop for my work. If you are dealing with loss of any kind, have 1 year or more in your journey with 12-Step recovery, or in relationship struggles, I will walk with you in this journey. My work is client focused and strengths based . If you are in the LGBTQ community you will find a safe haven here. Come and find peace for heart and soul. During Covid-19 I am using telehealth and see clients now in office. Masks preferred.
We all create a set of expectations of ourselves, our world, and others, beginning with our earliest relationships. I enjoy working with clients who are interested in exploring how these beliefs either strengthen or distort our approach to relationships, medical issues, trauma, and/or challenges. I have a general practice dealing with issues of depression, anxiety, adjustment, marital, and family issues. I also work with clients and their families who are coping with medical and/or genetic diagnoses. I see soldiers and/or their spouses who are adjusting to military related issues and deployments.
I serve clients who struggle with long term emotional distress or who have crisis issues in their lives. Clients motivated to understand the conscious and unconscious forces and meanings that shape their experience and their relationships are specially suited to the work I do. I work from the perspective of intersubjective psychoanalytic theory and object relations theory. I am an Accredited Practitioner in Mentalization Based Psychotherapy with Personality Disorders through the British Psychoanalytic Council.
As a therapist, I am always respectful and nonjudgmental. I hold on to the belief that change is possible even when my clients are less optimistic. I continue to study and learn. I have found that my clients can be my best teachers.. The ability to make changes begins with a safe environment. That is my job to provide for you. As the trust continues to grow, together we will work on whatever presents itself. Everyone comes with their own story and that is what makes this work so special.
I am an Independently Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 15 years of providing direct, clinical services to individuals and families struggling with emotional, behavioral and psychiatric issues. It has been my experience that fear or avoidance of therapy occurs when people are reluctant to talk about past experiences, which can increase emotional pain. This can leave someone feeling helpless, hopeless and scared of the unknown. Healing and recovery is a process and we will work together to achieve positive change and growth in the areas of life you want to address.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Williams Creek, Indianapolis are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Williams Creek, Indianapolis then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Williams Creek, Indianapolis, or Child Psychologists in Williams Creek, Indianapolis.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Williams Creek, Indianapolis psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Williams Creek, Indianapolis specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.