Michelle is the Clinical Programs Coordinator at The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Master’s degree from the University of New Mexico and is a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors. She has been in practice for six years and has worked with clients on a range of different needs such as substance use, complex trauma, relationship challenges, shame, and emotional regulation. Michelle has spent the last three years with a focus on sexual trauma and how it impacts individuals, families, relationships, and communities.
Michelle uses 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 also uses a variety of therapies such as attachment models, family system approaches, cognitive behavioral frameworks, and other tools that are adapted to what fits the client with his, her, or their needs.
“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.”