When thinking about life, people often humorously reference the Benjamin Franklin adage: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Unfortunately, even the pithy founding father forgot something else that life guarantees – change. These periods of change often feel like growing pains or storms, complete with fear, uncertainty, and discomfort. Sometimes, having an outside perspective makes navigating these guaranteed changes smoother.
One of my own periods of change encompassed an educational journey that took me out of my comfort zone. After obtaining my Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Baylor University in 2008, with a minor in religion, I took a break from school before moving to California for graduate school. I attended Azusa Pacific University and obtained a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology in 2013. The program focused on the importance of integrating faith backgrounds in the therapy setting, maintaining that ignoring this part of an individual's life who is a gross disservice when working through difficult times. I moved back to Texas and later became a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). For the last five years, I worked for a nonprofit agency providing mental health services to inmates in county jail, operating from a more Solution Focused and crisis intervention approach.
I focus on older adolescents (17-19) and adults. I tend to base my therapeutic approach in Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (CBT and DBT, respectively). Each encourages individuals to examine their perspectives on difficult situations by exploring their emotional reactions, beliefs, and knee-jerk thoughts. By taking these into consideration, it becomes easier to make cognizant decisions that stem from more balanced and measured approaches. I also use interventions from other therapeutic modalities as well as it’s my belief that people do not fit in tidy little therapy boxes. It is my hope that our work will help you weather your storms and work through the growing pains that change brings.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Self esteem
- Bipolar disorder
- Coping with life changes
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy
LPC #71849 (Expires: 2021-11-30)
Michelle is very professional and knowledgeable yet personable and supportive. I’ve never done counseling before, but I decided to give it a try due to constantly feeling anxious. She outlined the process in a way that I could understand and gives stories and examples that are super helpful. After attending counseling via video for several weeks now, I definitely feel like I’m headed in the right direction!