There’s a Reason You’re Here

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What is Your Life Like Now?

Life feels like a struggle. You are hurting, you are anxious and you are frustrated. When others look at you, they don’t see any of that. They think you have it all, but it doesn’t feel that way - you know something important is missing. You have so many feelings that make you uncomfortable and you wish you didn’t feel any of them. At other times you don’t feel anything at all. Instead, you feel empty, numb and walled off from yourself and from everyone around you.

What Have You Tried so Far?

You’ve been trying hard to cope and to make changes, but you realize that if you could have changed on your own, you would have changed by now. Despite this, you haven’t lost hope, and that’s why you’re here. Hope is what brings people into therapy – the hope that things can change. Your therapist is the bridge that takes you from hope to change. That’s me. That’s why I’m here, and that’s what I’m about. When working with me, you’ll be able to talk about all your struggles.

About Me

I am a licensed clinical social worker and I’ve studied many different types of treatment including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, Imago Therapy, Modern Psychoanalysis, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Here is what I’ve learned.

When you feel free to say everything to an empathic therapist and are fully seen and understood, your feelings of being overwhelmed subside. Your anxiety and frustration will dissipate. Then you’ll grow to become the person you’ve always known you could be, perhaps someone you never even imagined possible. Your relationships with others will improve, but more importantly, your relationship with yourself will change. Your self-criticism will give way to self-compassion.

You’ll have a better life.

Michelle is warm, empathic, and persistent in her pursuit of understanding people. Her thinking is characterized by nuance and wisdom. She is not complacent when it comes to fine-tuning her approach to the unique needs of her clients.
— Samuel Salamon, Psy.D.