Michelle offers an eclectic client-centred approach and accepts clients who believe they have the capacity to resolve their own life issues with some assistance.
She specializes in providing clinical support for: First Responders and their families, Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Occupational Stress Injury, Chronic Pain, Disordered Eating, Substance Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse, Emotional/Psychological Abuse, Anxiety, Depression, and Post-Partum Depression.
A trauma experience is anything a person deems traumatic. These experiences can elicit a host of reactions that may be scary or unfamiliar. Moreover, Michelle believes these are normal reactions in normal people to an abnormal event. Trauma healing occurs when these reactions are worked out together in order for people to reach their fullest potential in life.
“There is a gift in trauma; one that people do not see for themselves, and have difficulty understanding. This gift, once realized, is essential for individual survival and is the most empowering part of the therapeutic process. Together, we work on dissecting your trauma and empowering you to be the best version of yourself. This may be difficult at times; however, by being true to the process, you will reset your life in the right direction. You have made an important step in rediscovering yourself, and I am heartened to be a part of that journey.”
As a client you will be invited to share your perception of your need for services and outline your short and long term therapeutic goals. Some clients need only a few counselling sessions to achieve their self-identified goals whereas others may require months or even years of counselling. As a client, you are in complete control of your experience and if counselling is effective, you will come to believe in yourself and your abilities to face future life challenges independent of assistance or intervention.