Michelle is an August graduate of the Marriage and Family Therapy master degree program at Campbellsville University and expects to receive approval for a marriage and family therapist associate permit from the Kentucky licensure board in September 2019. She believes everyone deserves to be their best self and be happy, with the steps to healing and growth beginning anytime in life, regardless of age or previous circumstance.
Her clinical practice interests include healing and thriving after narcissistic abuse, children of divorce, childhood trauma, adult children of alcoholics, end-of-life, reconnecting couples, and alternative lifestyles. She works with individuals, couples, and families of all orientations (LGBTQ+, consensual non-monogamy, kink) beginning at age 8 (children younger than 8 will be evaluated on an individual basis). Michelle also leads psychoeducational support groups on the topics of narcissistic partners, career pressures, and blended family parenting.
Michelle has a personal daily practice of yoga and meditation and incorporates elements of mindfulness, spirituality, and aromatherapy as appropriate, in her practice.
Michelle spent over twenty-years working as an information technology consultant and C-suite executive in large public and private healthcare organizations across the United States. She has extensive knowledge of healthcare operations including HIPAA, telehealth, interoperability, and electronic health records, and understands the stressors faced by patients, family members, clinicians, and healthcare leaders. Her experience, in conjunction with her training in family systems, has further developed her interest in organizations and teams – the composition of the members and the relational interactions needed to meet common goals.
Michelle earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Buffalo (SUNY) and a Master degree in Education from Hofstra University. She has completed coursework in health policy and management at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service including a capstone project exploring patient-focused care and family inclusion in the treatment of adult cancer patients in an inpatient hospital setting.
She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Divorce and Family Mediator, and a Certified Prepare Enrich Facilitator. Michelle also serves as Secretary for the Kentucky Interest Network (KIN), the Kentucky affiliate program of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
Michelle, with her Campbellsville University teammate, placed second in the 2018 AAMFT Student Ethics competition, Master’s/PDI category.