Individual Counseling is what most individuals typically think of as traditional psychotherapy. This form of counseling is usually done in person or via teletherapy and works by providing clients a confidential and caring space for them to process and explore their feelings, thoughts and beliefs about themselves and others.
Individual therapy can often help individuals cope and heal from things such as anxiety, depression, life transitions (going to college, starting a new job, etc.), school or work difficulties, relationship challenges, trauma, and much more.
Michelle's fee per 55 minute session is $145.00
Group Counseling is a form of therapy in which a group of people (typically 6-8 individuals) come together to discuss their shared experiences. The group is facilitated by a counselor whose role is to ensure that the group stays focus on the topic of relevance and assists in facilitating the group process. Typically, groups are focused on a particular issue such as grief and loss, transitions to motherhood, survivors of domestic violence, etc. One of the main principles behind group counseling is the concept that coping with certain issues on our own may cause feelings of isolation which further adds onto our suffering. Therefore, group counseling attempts to counteract these feelings by connecting people with similar issues to create a sense of support through our shared common humanity.
Stay tuned to learn more about ALCC's group offerings or you can email Michelle directly below for more information!
Sandtray Therapy is a form of expressive arts therapy and can be used with clients of all ages. This form of therapy allows a person to construct their own microcosm of their inner world using figures or toys (often referred to as miniatures) and sand. The scenes and images depicted in the tray act as a reflection of the individual’s own life and worldview. Through this form of therapy clients have opportunities to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles in their path towards healing, and gain a greater acceptance of themselves. In addition, since much of the work of sandtray is done using metaphor, this provides clients with a sense of safety due to psychological distancing. Thus making it easier for them to process deeper emotions associated with trauma or core-life conflicts without feeling overwhelmed.
If you are interested in scheduling a sandtray session or incorporating sandtray work into individual therapy, reach out to Michelle for more information!
Michelle's fee per 75 minute session is $180.00
Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT (also known as “tapping”) in a clinical intervention used to relieve psychological and physical distress often associated with trauma or high levels of emotional intensity. EFT combines the cognitive benefits of traditional psychotherapy approaches with the energetic somatic releases associated with many energy therapies (Acupuncture, Yoga, Reiki, Qigong, etc.). EFT works by having clients follow along with the therapist or practitioner and having them “tap” on different meridian points on their body in order relieve their pain and emotional suffering.
Studies show that EFT is effective to treat the following conditions/concerns: Anxiety or stress reduction, PTSD or complex trauma, reducing craving for Binge Eating Disorder and Substance Abuse disorders, performance/concentration concerns (professional, academic, sexual, etc.), and chronic physical pain/discomfort.
Trauma Counseling and CCTP Certification
As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Michelle has extensive training in working with clients who suffer from trauma related disorders (anxiety, depression, etc.) and complex trauma. This certification, which requires additional on-going training as part of the yearly renewal process, ensures that Michelle is up to date on the current best practices for treating many forms of trauma and the unique ways symptoms present themselves for each individual. Michelle has been trained to use a variety of interventions and techniques to work with clients including somatic therapies, attachment-based interventions, Internal Family Systems (IFS) and expressive arts.