Meet our Providers
Amherst, NY 14228
As a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, I have had broad training in family therapy and extensive experience in working with families that are battling with the roadblocks of parenting and conflict, as well as with marital and relationship issues, interrupted parent-child relationships, co-parenting and blended families.
I work with individuals, partners and families in distress from issues that stem from trauma, grief and loss, stress, life transitions and/or personal challenges. My expertise is also in helping people with their struggles with anxiety, depression and mood imbalances. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and motivational methods, as well as mindfulness and other relaxation strategies to help people find their own strengths and solutions. By using these approaches, I help people to feel that they have support and guidance as they learn how to deal with the struggles they face in their lives.
What made you want to become a therapist?
What type of clients do you most enjoy working with?
What do you like most about working with clients?
Why do people get stuck? How do you help clients get unstuck?
Do you use any specific counseling method or philosophy?
What do you know now that you didn't know when you first started your career as a counselor/therapist?
What is one thing that you try to teach every client?
What type of clients do you work best with?
How many sessions do most clients spend in counseling with you?
How long does it usually take for a client to begin to experience change?
How might you counsel a client who is struggling during a divorce or breakup?
How might you counsel a client who is experiencing social anxiety?
How might you counsel a client who is experiencing clinical depression?
How might you counsel a client with an eating disorder?
How might you counsel a client who is experiencing shame and guilt?
How might you counsel a client who is struggling with feelings of loneliness and isolation?
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What would you say to a client who was nervous about his or her first session?
What advice would you give to a client trying to choose a therapist?
When a couple attends counseling, how long does it take for the couple’s relationship to experience improvement?
When counseling a couple, what’s your goal for the first session?
Age Groups Seen:
- Antisocial Personality
- Blended Family
- Coping Skills
- Depressed Mood
- Domestic Violence
- Family Conflict
- Goal Setting
- Internet Addiction
- Life Coaching
- Men's Issues
- Personality Disorder
- Racial Issues
- Self Harm
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Issues
- Single Lif
- Skin Picking Disorder
- Social Anxiety
- Video Game Addiction
- Weight Management
- Women's Issues
- Cash/ Self Pay
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Michelle received her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Castleton State College in Vermont in 2000. After completing her undergraduate degree, Michelle earned her Masters of Social Work from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2004. She has worked in the Social Work and counseling field for over 10 years.
Over the years, Michelle has worked extensively with victims of violent crimes through her work with the New York State Office of Victim’s Services. These individuals have suffered through domestic violence, assault, Childhood Sexual Abuse, are the family members and friends of those who have been the victims of homicide, and the victims of other violent crimes. During the past year, Michelle worked with juveniles who demonstrated sexually harmful behaviors, trauma, and had been placed in residential facilities for their actions and behaviors. She has experience coordinating care and services with various agencies, schools and doctors from her past days as a Service Coordinator with Family and Children’s Services of Niagara Inc.
Michelle is extremely comfortable working with individuals who have learning disabilities. This is a specialty that is really close to her heart as she has overcome her own battle with Dyslexia. She worked tirelessly to earn her high school diploma, undergraduate degree, Master’s Degree and licensure. Michelle hopes to pass on her knowledge of thriving with this disability to others who may suffer from the same types of problems to help them succeed in their lives.
- Trauma Services including working with Victims of Domestic Violence, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Assaults, and a variety of other traumas
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Personality Disorders (Borderline Personality Disorder)
- Sexually Harmful Behaviors (Youth and Adolescents)
- Mental health diagnosis such as Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD), Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD), Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder(ADHD)
- Teens who are having difficulty with their friends or parents
- Pre-Martial Counseling
- Faith based counseling
- Problem solving/ Solution Focused Therapy
- Dialectal Behavior (DBT)
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Trauma Informed Therapy
- Cash/ Self Pay
North Tonawanda Therapy – Counseling, Life Coaching, Mental Health Services in New York
Why Are You Considering Counseling or Life Coaching?
There isn’t a single reason that everyone turns to counseling or life coaching. People from all walks of life, people with a wide range of issues, people from all backgrounds come to us for counseling and life coaching. The only requirement for seeking treatment is a willingness to change and you’ve proven that by seeking out more information on therapy.
Are any of these reasons the reason you’re seeking help?
It would be impossible to write a list of all the reasons people seek counseling but we can share with you some of the most frequent reasons people come to us:
- They have issues with anxiety.
- Couples need help moving forward together.
- Individuals are stuck in a career rut and need career counseling.
- Clients are struggling with eating disorders and need help.
- People have obsessive-compulsive issues and want assistance.
- People dealing with a specific loss or general grief.
- Parents need help with their children or teenagers.
- Divorced folks need help moving forward.
- Anger management is needed.
- A substance abuse problem leads them to us.
- Significant life transitions have become difficult to navigate, including losing jobs or moving.
- General life coaching to learn how to set goals and achieve them.
Are you having trouble articulating exactly why you’re considering getting help?
Some people come to Thriveworks North Tonawanda Counseling & Coaching and know exactly what they’re looking for and why they are seeking help. Others don’t. They know that something isn’t right but they can’t quite articulate what the problem is. When your issues are complicated in this way, the professionals at our offices can help you make sense of your struggles.
If you’re like most people, you don’t spend enough time on yourself
It’s common for people – especially parents – to spend most of their time taking care of others. Those same people who are so busy taking care of other people, and who don’t think twice about doing so, are the first to say that they don’t have the time to take care of themselves.
Does that describe you? When’s the last time you not only identified your goals and dreams for your life, but made a list of steps to achieve them – and started following those steps? If you’ve put yourself on hold for too long, then it’s time to wake up. You don’t have to live with the status quo. You can move forward.
If you’re stuck thinking that it’s selfish to take time for yourself, consider this: the healthier and happier you are, the better able you are to take care of those around you. Think of it like the oxygen masks in airplanes. Every time you fly, a flight attendant reminds adults to put their mask on first before putting the mask on their child. Why? Because if you can’t breathe, you can’t help your child. Thriveworks North Tonawanda, NY Counseling & Coaching can help you breathe again.