About the Provider

I am a board certified bariatric counselor, a member of the American Bariatric Advisory Board, EFT certified (Level 2), DBT board certified, and a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with a doctorate degree in psychology (Psy.D) and is a psychotherapist in San Luis Obispo.

I have over 20 years of experience in clinical practice helping adolescents, adults, and the elderly who struggle with emotional and psychological pain. Having lived in the USA, UK, Brazil, and Australia, I have worked in diverse social and ethnic environments which has afforded me the opportunity to gain cultural competency. In addition, Michelle I have taught health psychology and stress management courses. Professional experience includes publications, speaking engagements, and serving as the Forum Chair for a committee responsible for providing training for mental health practitioners in a rural community in the UK and a featured author on www.obesityhelp.com.In 2022 I wrote a module on the managment of weight regian post weight loss surgery for American Board Certified Bariatric Counselors.

My approach to psychotherapy is to practice flexibility by adapting style and treatment strategies based on the unique presentation of each individual. Each of my clients are understood from a holistic perspective. This means I consider the distinct physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual (non religious) interactions that occur for each client and links them to techniques and theoretical frameworks. My training and research interests often incorporate an integrated therapeutic approach that is associated with a direction that works best for clients. If a client desires, I can use creative innovational techniques such as role playing, working with clay, and mindfulness training to implement the practical application of psychological theories.

I help clients learn self-compassion for what they have endured. My philosophy in psychotherapy is to progress clients beyond survival, move them forward through a recovery process, and guide them towards a meaningful life that is client defined.

Teletherapy can be arranged when clinically appropriate.


San Luis Obispo, CA USA