Michelle L Bakalarski

Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP

She/Her/Hers

Verified by Psychology Today
3 Endorsed
(831) 346-5372 Website

Michelle L Bakalarski

Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP

She/Her/Hers

Verified by Psychology Today
3 Endorsed

Location

David Powers Therapy
127 Jewell Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 346-5372
Offers online therapy

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About

Hi there. Life is full of challenges that can leave you feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and isolated. Sometimes it feels like no one understands. Perhaps you were not sure where to turn, but here you are, and I am so glad you are here. You have taken a brave first step to seek help. I would be honored to join you on your journey to well-being. I believe you are the expert in your life, and together we will reveal the answers already within you. My goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental space to help you clear the fog, revealing clarity, healing, and purpose. EMDR is available to those with trauma and overwhelming life experiences.
My approach is collaborative, culturally sensitive, trauma-informed, and holistic, integrating the mind, body, and soul. My therapy is attuned to your experience, culture, developmental life stage, and goals. Whether you are an adult, child/teen, couple, or family, you can expect sessions caringly tailored to your unique situation.
Adults, couples, and families benefit from my strength-based, respectful, non-blaming, relational approach. Children enjoy warm, playful interventions with close family involvement. Teens appreciate our collaborative relationship where caregiver engagement is encouraged while the teen's confidentiality is respected. Contact me to see if we are a good fit!
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Finances

  • Cost per Session: $100 - $150
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
Pay By: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
Check with your insurance to see if they reimburse for Associate PCC or MFT services. If so, I can provide you with a monthly Superbill.
Email me or call (831) 346-5372 with questions.

Qualifications

  • Prelicense: California / 12257
  • School: Palo Alto University
  • Year Graduated: 2022
  • Supervisor: David Powers
  • Supervisor License: California / LPCC 7534, LMFT 110906,
EMDR-Trained, Cert. Trauma Prof., Trained in Kazdin's Parenting Method, Broad Experience with Children/Teens with Neurodiverse Diagnoses.

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: Certified Trauma Professional
  • Certificate Date: 2022
  • Degree: University of Michigan / Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Year graduated: 1998

Endorsements

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, MSOL
"Michelle is passionate, and empowering, and demonstrates empathy in her counseling abilities. Her clients are lucky to have her."

Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, CADC
"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."

Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
"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."

Location

David Powers Therapy
127 Jewell Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 346-5372
Offers online therapy

Nearby Areas

This location is easily accessible from:

Website
Specialties
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
Issues
  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Child
  • Chronic Illness
  • Coping Skills
  • Couples/Relationship Issues
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Education and Learning Disabilities
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Men's Issues
  • Neurodiversity (ADHD, Autism, Etc.)
  • Oppositional Defiance (ODD)
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Women's Issues
Mental Health
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders

Client Focus

Age
  • Adults
  • Teen
  • Preteen
  • Children (6 to 10)

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy
  • Attachment-based
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • EMDR
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Feminist
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Multicultural
  • Narrative
  • Person-Centered
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Somatic
  • Strength-Based
  • Trauma Focused
Modality
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family

Links

My Website

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Last Modified: 2 Nov 2022
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Michelle L Bakalarski

Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP