“Growth as an individual, self-understanding, finding motivation and seeking passion in one’s life; a balance to find self-acceptance while loving and caring for those around you, this is my hope for all I see. I want everyone who comes to the center to feel this is a safe, warm, and an accepting environment to explore their needs, work through their struggles, and know there is someone there by their side to assist them.”
For the past 25 years, Dr. Michelle has provided care and assistance to children, teens, adults, and families struggling with a multitude of emotional difficulties from depression, anxiety, bipolar, attention, and processing. Her belief is that each person is has their own individual identity and thus needs a treatment plan customized to fit each individual’s growth. Dr. Michelle provides parents of all ages with guidance and planning for their children; whether that be, behavioral outbursts, self-esteem issues, social skills, executive functioning, gender exploration, learning disabilities and giftedness, and divorce. For young children, Dr. Michelle utilizes play therapy to help develop real life coping skills. She feels working to develop rapport with teens and adults is a key component to developing an effective communication process that is invaluable to the therapeutic success of treatment.
Parenting is one of the toughest and most stressful jobs. Dr. Michelle understands the guilt and pressure to be a “good parent” and the stress this places on the parent to find balance in their own well-being. Helping a parent find a path of their own while enhancing and nurturing their children’s lives
Emotional Health is the key concept behind Dr. Michelle’s center and her goal for all she sees. Dr. Michelle brings a distinct and unique perspective coming from a neuropsychological, social/emotional, and psycho-educational background. Dr. Michelle is the author of journal articles, research for intellectual and achievement testing, speaker, parent, and therapist. She provides comprehensive diagnostic testing, assessment, and support for children, adolescents, and adults. The evaluations provide not only diagnostic information, but specific recommendations for school and home interventions and ongoing support as needed. Further, many individuals need assistance and information with regards to navigating and developing a 504 Plan or I.E.P., and applying for extended time or other accommodations on college board ACT/SAT, GRE, LSAT, and other standardized exams. Evaluations are done for attention disorders, Autism spectrum, executive functioning, processing difficulties, emotional disorders, learning disabilities, giftedness and/or twice exceptional children. Dr. Michelle is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and will provide assistance filing with other insurance providers.