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Michelle L Bakalarski
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP

Michelle L Bakalarski

Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP (she, her)

Verified by Psychology Today Verified by Psychology Today
4 Endorsed
127 Jewell Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Let's Connect (831) 346-5372
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Hi there. Amid life's challenges, it takes courage to seek help, and I commend you for taking that brave first step. Together, we will embark on a path of healing and growth, creating a safe haven where you can freely express yourself without fear of judgment. I believe in your inherent wisdom and expertise in your own life. Through our collaborative approach, we will unlock the answers that already reside within you. Guided by a holistic perspective, we will integrate the mind, body, and soul to foster true healing and lasting change. Welcome to a transformative journey toward well-being and self-discovery.
I use an integrative approach incorporating EMDR, Somatic IFS, and attachment, focusing on the root causes of your struggles not just the symptoms. Whether you're navigating life's complexities, battling anxiety or depression, or coping with complex/childhood trauma and PTSD, I am here to provide compassionate care that resonates with your individual needs.
For couples and families seeking harmony and connection, rest assured that our sessions will be thoughtfully customized to address the dynamics specific to your relationships. Together, we will navigate life's challenges and uncover the strength that lies within you. Seeking help is a courageous step towards a brighter future. Contact me for a free consult.
Call or Michelle L Bakalarski now for a free 15 minute consultation - (831) 346-5372

My Practice at a Glance

Available both in-person and online

David Powers Therapy

127 Jewell Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 346-5372
You have the flexibility to choose between online sessions via Zoom or in-person sessions in my warm and inviting Santa Cruz office.
I specialize in Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety and Depression 
$175 Per Session  
I see individuals, couples and families  
We don't have to do it all alone. We were never meant to. - Brené Brown
Michelle L Bakalarski
Let's Connect (831) 346-5372
Photo of Michelle L Bakalarski, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP, Pre-Licensed Professional

My Practice at a Glance

Available both in-person and online

David Powers Therapy

127 Jewell Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 346-5372
You have the flexibility to choose between online sessions via Zoom or in-person sessions in my warm and inviting Santa Cruz office.
I specialize in Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety and Depression 
$175 Per Session  
I see individuals, couples and families  
We don't have to do it all alone. We were never meant to. - Brené Brown
Michelle L Bakalarski

Finances

Fees

  • Individual Sessions $175
  • Couple Sessions $175
  • Sliding scale: apply if you may be eligible
  • Pay by American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
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Private pay clients can pay by card (must have one on file), cash, or check. I have a limited number of sliding scale spots. Please contact me for more information.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (831) 346-5372
Photo of Michelle L Bakalarski, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP, Pre-Licensed Professional
Michelle L Bakalarski
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP
"
Private pay clients can pay by card (must have one on file), cash, or check. I have a limited number of sliding scale spots. Please contact me for more information.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (831) 346-5372
Photo of Michelle L Bakalarski, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP, Pre-Licensed Professional
Michelle L Bakalarski
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP

Qualifications

  • Verified by Psychology Today Prelicense by State of California / 12257 Supervised by David Powers (California / LPCC 7534, LMFT 110906,) Michelle L Bakalarski
  • Certificate from Certified Trauma Professional 2022
  • Degree/Diploma from University of Michigan Bachelor of Business Administration / 1998
  • Attended Palo Alto University , Master of Arts in Counseling, Graduated 2022
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As an EMDR-Trained, IFS-Informed, and Certified Trauma Professional, I can guide you through your personal and relational challenges and empower you to overcome them.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (831) 346-5372
Photo of Michelle L Bakalarski, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP, Pre-Licensed Professional
Michelle L Bakalarski
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP
"
As an EMDR-Trained, IFS-Informed, and Certified Trauma Professional, I can guide you through your personal and relational challenges and empower you to overcome them.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (831) 346-5372
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Michelle L Bakalarski
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP

Specialties and Expertise

Top Specialties

  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Expertise

  • ADHD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Couples / Relationships
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Men's Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Neurodiversity
  • Parenting
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
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My collaborative approach will guide you on a journey of self-discovery, helping you uncover the inner dialogue that shapes your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Together, we'll explore the multiple perspectives within you, creating inner harmony and igniting hope for a brighter future. It's time to reclaim your true self and live a life filled with authenticity and fulfillment.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (831) 346-5372
Photo of Michelle L Bakalarski, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP, Pre-Licensed Professional
Michelle L Bakalarski
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP
"
My collaborative approach will guide you on a journey of self-discovery, helping you uncover the inner dialogue that shapes your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Together, we'll explore the multiple perspectives within you, creating inner harmony and igniting hope for a brighter future. It's time to reclaim your true self and live a life filled with authenticity and fulfillment.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (831) 346-5372
Photo of Michelle L Bakalarski, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP, Pre-Licensed Professional
Michelle L Bakalarski
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP

4 Endorsements

Megan Ethridge
Megan Ethridge
Marriage & Family Therapist AssociateMAAMFTAPCC
My experience of Michelle is of a very dedicated, perceptive and curious person. Someone I would personally seek counsel from and surely learn something new.
Lourie C Bonsu
Lourie C Bonsu
Licensed Professional Counselor AssociateMAMSOL
Michelle is passionate, and empowering, and demonstrates empathy in her counseling abilities. Her clients are lucky to have her.
Kristin King
Kristin King
Marriage & Family TherapistLMFT
Michelle is an amazing clinician. She tailors her approach to each individual's problems and goals. She encourages personal growth, and creates the space to make it possible.
Aileen Ganding Call - Trauma Anxiety Couples
Aileen Ganding Call - Trauma Anxiety Couples
Marriage & Family TherapistMALMFT
Michelle is warm, compassionate, and empathetic. She creates an open, curious, and safe space to put her clients at ease. She is an outstanding clinician.

Client Focus

Age

Adults
Elders (65+)

Participants

Individuals
Couples
Family

Communities

Bisexual Allied
Gay Allied
Lesbian Allied
Non-Binary Allied
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Transgender Allied

Age

Adults
Elders (65+)

Participants

Individuals
Couples
Family

Communities

Bisexual Allied
Gay Allied
Lesbian Allied
Non-Binary Allied
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Transgender Allied

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy

  • Attachment-based
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • EMDR
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Holistic
  • Integrative
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Multicultural
  • Somatic
  • Trauma Focused
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Unlock your true potential and embark on a transformative journey with my integrative therapeutic approach, including IFS, EMDR, attachment, neurobiology, somatic, mindfulness, trauma-informed techniques, and relational/couples modalities. I craft personalized sessions that cater to your unique individual and relational needs.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (831) 346-5372
Photo of Michelle L Bakalarski, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP, Pre-Licensed Professional
Michelle L Bakalarski
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP
"
Unlock your true potential and embark on a transformative journey with my integrative therapeutic approach, including IFS, EMDR, attachment, neurobiology, somatic, mindfulness, trauma-informed techniques, and relational/couples modalities. I craft personalized sessions that cater to your unique individual and relational needs.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (831) 346-5372
Photo of Michelle L Bakalarski, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP, Pre-Licensed Professional
Michelle L Bakalarski
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP

Location

Primary Location

David Powers Therapy

127 Jewell Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 346-5372

Nearby Areas

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You have the flexibility to choose between online sessions via Zoom or in-person sessions in my warm and inviting Santa Cruz office.
Call for a free consultation now - (831) 346-5372
Photo of Michelle L Bakalarski, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP, Pre-Licensed Professional
Michelle L Bakalarski
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP
"
You have the flexibility to choose between online sessions via Zoom or in-person sessions in my warm and inviting Santa Cruz office.
Call for a free consultation now - (831) 346-5372
Photo of Michelle L Bakalarski, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP, Pre-Licensed Professional
Michelle L Bakalarski
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP