Michelle’s approach to therapy is direct, immediate and practical. She operates from the belief that clients know what they need and are in charge of the experience they want in therapy. Her role is to hold the flashlight while clients explore hidden aspects of themselves.
Many people think of therapy as rehashing or dwelling on the past; whereas the main reason for digging into the past is to understand how it affects the present. It’s important to be able to identify what pulls you out of your life today and sends you back into old, ineffective patterns and feelings; or projects you into an uncertain and frightening vision of the future that you cannot control. This interruption from the present is often experienced as remorse, embarrassment, shame, guilt, worry, catastrophizing or fear.
So often we are stuck in our heads or in our thought patterns and we miss the moment where real connection with another human being is possible. One goal for therapy is to increase the frequency and our capacity for those moments.
The more permission and acceptance we create for ourselves to be exactly who we are today, the more compassion and tolerance we will have for others.
Michelle’s spiritual background can also help you come to terms with your past as you reflect on your higher learning and life’s lessons. This is another way to increase your capacity to handle what is given to you.
This type of therapy is applicable to many situations and problems you may be experiencing. For example:
- Grief and Loss
- Eating Disorders
- Sexual Abuse
- Emotional Fluency
…and many more