Our stories are often filled with pain, loss, and brokenness which can end up dominating our head space- but we are more than our thoughts. I believe our thoughts are powerful. Changing the way we think can change how we feel, how we act, and how we relate to ourselves and others. Pain and problems can be opportunities for connection, courage, and change. I love joining with people to journey through hard places, unpack difficult stories, fight fears, and rewrite negative thinking to find strength, hope and joy.
I believe that hope brings us through the most difficult times and that everyone deserves to taste and see joy and beauty even in the midst of brokenness. I love working with others to bring forth hope and joy even in the midst of pain.
As a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor, Michelle earned her masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling from Liberty University. She received her Bachelors and Masters in Business Administration from Berry College.
Michelle has been working through her practicum, internship and licensure process for the past 3 years with Stonegate Counseling Associates. She is currently under the supervision of Geoffrey Paetzhold, LPC #2488 and CPCS #343. Michelle has training in restoration therapy, and brings narrative therapy, CBT and DBT techniques into her work. She really enjoys working with college women wrestling with anxiety, depression, body image, sexual abuse, and trauma.
Having lived cross-culturally in Nairobi, Kenya for 4 years, she has a passion for working with people living and serving in international communities as well. She has spent over 12 years working with middle school, high school, and college students in camp, team building, and ministry settings. Michelle enjoys helping people develop leadership skills and manage relationships in the workplace. Prior to her work as a counselor, Michelle has served as an entrepreneur and director under a non-profit organization, BlueSky Global.