A patient shouldn’t be in pain a moment longer than they need to be.
Leigh McCullough Vaillant, PhD, Changing Character
Michele believes that being a psychotherapist is a privilege allowing her to participate in the unfolding of another human being in ways neither she nor the other are aware of at the beginning of the process. “It’s like we are both together in not knowing, which doesn’t feel as bad as not knowing myself.” Pema Chodron
As partners in the process, we work together to help the client (a) expand awareness of personal resources, and (b) achieve their therapeutic goal.
During the course of her career, Michele has served adults, adolescents, couples, families and groups. She has been affiliated with…
Yale Psychiatric Institute, an inpatient mental health hospital
Hallbrook Hospital, an inpatient mental health hospital
Stamford Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center
Family and Childrens Agency, an outpatient family service agency
Renfrew Center, devoted to the treatment of eating disorders
Milford Mental Health Center, Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program
Michele is in private practice in Norwalk, CT since 1992. She is licensed by the State of Connecticut Health Department as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Certified by the Institute of HeartMath® as a 1 to 1 HeartMath® Provider and Stopping Emotional Eating® Provider.
In the 1980’s and 1990’s, in addition to counseling rape and sexual abuse survivors, Michele served as a Community Educator for the Stamford Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center. In this role, she presented programs for school-age children in kindergarten through college, school staff, PTA groups, as well as other community organizations and groups about the issues of safety and sexual assault.
She has taught Masters level classes on eating disorders and trauma recovery; and undergraduate level classes in the medical support field.
Co-founded Parents, Let’s Talk, an educational program that supports and coaches parents in positive parenting strategies.
Presents the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) in corporate and school settings, as well as for individuals and couples.
Conducts educational seminars for premarital and married couples on adult romantic love based on the Hold Me Tight program developed by Sue Johnson, PhD, one of the founders of Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Conducts seminars on mind body balance and core values and their relationship to stress management using the tools developed by HeartMath, LLC, Boulder City, CA.
Coaches individuals in developing an intuitive approach to eating and weight management using the tools and strategies of the Stopping Emotional Eating® program.
Michele holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University.
Michele’s post graduate certifications include:
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) from the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
Internal Family Systems (IFS) from the Center for Self Leadership
Gestalt Psychotherapy from the Gestalt Center of Long Island
Clinical Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
Neurolinguistic Programming from the New York Training Institute for NLP
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator from Type Resources, Inc.
Brainspotting Therapy from Brainspotting Pro
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing from EMDRIA
Somatic Experiencing Therapy from SETI
HeartMath from HeartMath® Institute
Stopping Emotional Eating from HeartMath® Institute
Advanced clinical education and training in the following therapeutic modalities*:
Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET)
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy
Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT)
Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET)
Thought Field Therapy (TFT)
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
*See the Life Coaching page for additional modalities.