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Michelle Topal
Michelle Topal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW

Michelle Topal

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW (she, her)

Verified by Psychology Today
3 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27604
Let's Connect (919) 885-1200
Appointments Available. I make it easy to talk. Struggling with life in these stressful, divisive & uncertain political times or just feeling down in general? Or along the sexual or gender continuum (LGBTQ+) & looking for someone who gets it? Or having problems in your most important relationship(s)? I'd like to help. I've been committed to helping teens, parents, & relationships/couples, families & the LGBTQ+ community feel heard, cared for, accepted & understood for over 25 years. I create an authentic, safe & affirming space to explore & grow. I look forward to being an encouraging voice to help you find your own.
I am a cisgender woman (she/her) who has been part of & serving the queer community for over 30 years. It is important to me to care for LGBT+ kids, adults, couples, parents & family members. I also specialize in bisexuality, & for those who identify along the gender continuum. I was raised with a focus on advocacy & welcome those who are social activists.
You will find me an authentic, responsive & interactive participant in our sessions. It is important to me that this sometimes difficult process is made as easy as possible. So, I work to create the space to share, challenge, cry & even laugh in your process of growth. I look forward to seeing you in my office from the familiarity of your own environment.
Call or Michelle Topal now for a free 15 minute consultation - (919) 885-1200

My Practice at a Glance

Available online only

Change for Living Counseling, PLLC

Raleigh, NC 27604

(919) 885-1200

Change for Living Counseling PLLC

Durham, NC 27713

I offer sessions online for your convenience, health and most importantly so that you can be in a familiar space when we meet.
I specialize in Transgender, LGBTQ+ and Child 
$170 Per Session  
I see individuals, couples and families  
Let's Connect (919) 885-1200

My Practice at a Glance

Available online only

Change for Living Counseling, PLLC

Raleigh, NC 27604

(919) 885-1200

Change for Living Counseling PLLC

Durham, NC 27713

I offer sessions online for your convenience, health and most importantly so that you can be in a familiar space when we meet.
I specialize in Transgender, LGBTQ+ and Child 
$170 Per Session  
I see individuals, couples and families  

Finances

Fees

  • Individual Sessions $170
  • Couple Sessions $200
  • Sliding scale: apply if you may be eligible
  • Pay by Cash, Check, Mastercard, Paypal, Visa

Insurance

  • Out of Network
Check fees and, if listed, ask to verify your insurance coverage. or (919) 885-1200
Michelle Topal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Check fees and, if listed, ask to verify your insurance coverage. or (919) 885-1200
Michelle Topal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW

Qualifications

  • Verified by Psychology Today Licensed by State of North Carolina / C003891
  • In Practice for 19 Years
  • Membership with Clinical Advocate, NASW-NC
  • Certificate from Advocacy Chair, NC Society Clinical Social Work
  • Attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Graduated 1994
Feel free to ask about qualifications and training experience. or (919) 885-1200
Michelle Topal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Feel free to ask about qualifications and training experience. or (919) 885-1200
Michelle Topal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW

Specialties and Expertise

Top Specialties

  • Transgender
  • LGBTQ+
  • Child

Expertise

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bisexual
  • Coping Skills
  • Couples, especially LGBTQ+, all relationship types
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Lesbian
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Mood Disorders
  • Parenting
  • Parents of trans/non-binary kids/adults, families
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
"
I help teens and adults around relationship and attachment issues, identity, self-esteem, depression and how to manage the demands and stressors so you feel more connected, fulfilled and good about yourself and relationship(s). In your process of growth and healing, you take the lead, and I ask you to trust me to hold the flashlight to illuminate what you might otherwise not see.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (919) 885-1200
Michelle Topal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
"
I help teens and adults around relationship and attachment issues, identity, self-esteem, depression and how to manage the demands and stressors so you feel more connected, fulfilled and good about yourself and relationship(s). In your process of growth and healing, you take the lead, and I ask you to trust me to hold the flashlight to illuminate what you might otherwise not see.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (919) 885-1200
Michelle Topal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW

3 Endorsements

Joe Gilbert
Joe Gilbert
Licensed Clinical Mental Health CounselorLCMHCCMMT
Michelle Topal is a gem in the field of counseling and psychotherapy. Her clinical skills, combined with unconditional positive regard, allow for the creation of a safe and supportive space for those seeking support. Michelle is also a strong advocate for ...

Client Focus

Age

Preteen
Teen
Adults

Participants

Individuals
Couples
Family

Communities

Bisexual Allied
Gay Allied
HIV / AIDS Allied
Intersex Allied
Lesbian Allied
Non-Binary Allied
Open Relationships Non-Monogamy
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Sex-Positive, Kink Allied
Transgender Allied

Age

Preteen
Teen
Adults

Participants

Individuals
Couples
Family

Communities

Bisexual Allied
Gay Allied
HIV / AIDS Allied
Intersex Allied
Lesbian Allied
Non-Binary Allied
Open Relationships Non-Monogamy
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Sex-Positive, Kink Allied
Transgender Allied

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
  • Attachment-based
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Eclectic
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Feminist
  • Imago
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Narrative
  • Psychodynamic
  • Reality Therapy
"
I approach therapy with curiosity, openness, and creativity. In listening to your needs and what brought you to therapy, we'll work together to understand what is working for you and what isn't, and what change will look like. It is my goal to help you understand yourself better and see yourself with compassion and possibility.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (919) 885-1200
Michelle Topal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
"
I approach therapy with curiosity, openness, and creativity. In listening to your needs and what brought you to therapy, we'll work together to understand what is working for you and what isn't, and what change will look like. It is my goal to help you understand yourself better and see yourself with compassion and possibility.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (919) 885-1200
Michelle Topal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW

Location

Primary Location

Change for Living Counseling, PLLC

Raleigh, NC 27604

(919) 885-1200

Additional Location

Change for Living Counseling PLLC

Durham, NC 27713

(919) 885-1200

Nearby Areas

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I offer sessions online for your convenience, health and most importantly so that you can be in a familiar space when we meet.
Call for a free consultation now - (919) 885-1200
Michelle Topal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
"
I offer sessions online for your convenience, health and most importantly so that you can be in a familiar space when we meet.
Call for a free consultation now - (919) 885-1200
Michelle Topal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2023