Originally from New Zealand, Michelle has an integrative approach to emotional wellbeing which has developed over a 17 year career. Michelle’s credentials include a Masters’ Degree (psych.), Bachelors’ Degree (psych. & edu.), a Diploma of Counselling and Group Work and a Cert. IV in Training and Assessment. In addition to her counselling practice Michelle also lectures at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, provides counselling services for the New York Film Academy and is a contract clinical supervisor with Relationships Australia NSW. Michelle is also in her 8th year as a Mental Health First Aid trainer in the workplace and in our community.
Michelle uses a variety of client focused techniques including CBT, Brief Solution Focused therapy, Psychodynamic tools, some DBT and Schema therapy tools, ACT, Motivational Interviewing and the Conversational Method. Having years of specialist case manager experience working in domestic violence and mental health, in the public sector, Michelle is also very knowledgeable of referral pathways and additional resources available to clients. She has also worked in mental health carer services providing psycho education workshops on topics relating to mental wellbeing.
Outside of her working life Michelle spends time with her two children doing what she calls a mixture of ‘attachment and good enough’ parenting. She is also a keen scuba diver and strives to spend time in nature every day.