143 E Wallace Ave, New Castle, PA
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Hello! I’m Michelle
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/ Therapist I serve the New Castle- Lawrence/ Mercer County, PA region. My counseling approach includes striving towards helping people build their sense of self and confidence. By first assisting them in developing an internal sense of hope and secondly empowering them into having their own voice and life direction. Therefore always seeking to help them grow into who they truly are. I feel that it is important to instill a core belief that growth and healing are possible for everyone, regardless of past circumstances and losses. Consequently, it is my belief that everyone can find healing when given the right support, skills and time.
The typical counseling process includes developing a persons ability to identify not only what is negative and missing from their world; but also what is positive and strong in it and themselves. In sessions there is a focus on self awareness, skill development and the application of needed skills. Then working to apply these resources in their everyday lives. Working with people to develop a sense of what they want to work on and what they need to get there.
Furthermore, I feel that it is important for my clients to take away from the therapy process a sense of self-acceptance. As well as a feeling of being more capable of navigating life’s stressors or challenges in healthy ways.
My Treatment strategies
With nearly a decade of experience in mental health counseling I have learned and cultivated a variety of therapeutic approaches and techniques. This includes the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness based practices, Trauma Focused CBT, and a certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) amidst others. All of which are well tested and evidenced based treatments. Approaches that have shown proven results in not only treating present symptoms, but also addressing core issues. Consequently preventing those issues from continually resurfacing after treatment ends.
I tend to mix these approaches based on where a person is coming from, their current needs from treatment and what they are comfortable with. Typically starting with mindfulness techniques to help clients feel more grounded and prepared prior to starting trauma work. Focusing on, above all, ensuring emotional safety and stability. While we focus on growing and incorporating their strengths into the treatment process. Therefore, increasing their progress towards successful completion of treatment needs and a fuller and more enjoyed life.
My Counseling specialties
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
EMDRIA Certified in EMDR
Trauma Focused CBT
Specialized Training in Geriatrics
My therapeutic Style
My clients would describe me as very goal oriented, approachable, invested in their treatment, and honest in my approach. I strive to be a calming presence for others as they process and work through their emotional pain, while fostering a non-judgmental environment for healing.