The aspiration to be a mental health counselor was sparked young at the age of 13 and guided Michelle Sideroff’s completion of her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Family Studies in 2009 and Masters of Arts graduate degree in a dual track program for Community Counseling and School Counseling in 2012 from the University of New Mexico.
Michelle Sideroff’s career has spanned over 10 years in her service in non-profit organizations. Initially, her clinical practice focused on substance use and trauma and transitioned to working with sexual trauma survivors in individual, couples, and family therapies for over three years at the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico in the roles of therapist and Clinical Director. In 2019, her professional journey back to Oregon unfolded at NCC where she found a shared vision and mission for Hope and Healing.
Michelle spends her free time listening to music, writing, spending time with family and friends, and walking in nature.
“My passion for counseling is based on my belief that every individual has the right to be safe and well. Most of all, I wish to help build understanding and compassion for the mixtures of light and darkness that are the sunsets and sunrises of our lives and healing journeys.”
Michelle Sideroff (she/her/hers) has worked with clients from ages 8 to 89 on a range of different needs such as substance use, complex trauma, relationship challenges, life transitions, identity, shame, emotional regulation, anxiety, PTSD, stress, sexual trauma, loss and grief, and depression.
Michelle practices with a trauma-informed approach with the understanding that the impacts of trauma are adaptive and the client is having normal responses to abnormal experiences. She utilizes a variety of therapies including attachment models, family system approaches, cognitive behavioral techniques, and other tools that are adapted to what fits the client with his, her, or their needs. Michelle implements current neurobiological frameworks to help in trauma recovery and support changing the impacts and adaptive responses from intergenerational trauma that no longer work for us as individuals, families, relationships, and communities
Michelle offers therapy in English.
Insurance: Cigna, Kaiser, Optum Health/ United Behavioral Health, Providence Health Plan, Regence Bluecross Blueshield/HMA, Evernorth, and PacificSource.