Michelle provided therapy to youth in a residential treatment center before joining TCFS in 1999. She began by offering youth crisis assessment/intervention and family therapy, and has since expanded her clinical work to include therapy with adults and couples, including Employee Assistance Program work.
Over the years, Michelle’s passion for prevention and early intervention programming grew. In 2006, she joined the TCFS management team as Coordinator of Community Services. In that role, Michelle supervises all of the agency’s Prevention, Early Intervention, and Wellness programs, as well as continuing to co-facilitate groups, develop new programs, and offer both community presentations and facilitated networking discussions.
Michelle has special training in anger management for youth and adults, the treatment of anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders, clients who self-mutilate, strengths-based wraparound services, implementation of parenting programs, and the use of play techniques in therapy. She has been trained by the Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation in the facilitation of the International Child Development Program (ICDP-USA) and is pursuing trainer status.
Michelle received her Master’s of Science in Education with an emphasis on Counseling in a Community Setting from Northern Illinois University. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.