Michelle’s passion for counseling stemmed from an elective psychology class in high school and became the catalyst for her pursuit of Human Development and Family Studies, with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy, at Texas Tech University. Soon after graduation, she married and chose to stay at home with kids until her oldest reached high school. As her kids left the nest, Michelle’s passion for counseling was reignited and through the encouragement of her family, she enrolled at Amberton University to receive her Masters in Counseling. Pursuing motherhood in her own way created a path to becoming the helper she always felt compelled to be. One of her favorite quotes that captures that sentiment comes from the movie, Steel Magnolias: “I’d rather have thirty minutes of wonderful, than a lifetime of nothing special.”
Michelle’s style can be described as both challenging and caring, as she strives to speak the truth in love and firmly believes everyone possesses the ability to know freedom through knowing themselves.
A chaotic childhood stemming from alcoholism and abuse fueled Michelle’s understanding of family cycles, secrets, rules and the importance of choosing healing using a judgment-free perspective. Through her own personal experience with counseling, she learned to be proud of the battle scars earned through her courageous journey towards self-awareness and healing. Michelle also knows how hard it is to make that phone call to reach out for help but when she did it for herself, she experienced freedom. She also realized the importance of including someone else in the journey towards healing, someone who is neither pushing nor pulling but simply walking alongside.
Tough teen years and working in a middle school for a while helped Michelle develop a sweet spot for tweens and teens. Her specialties also extend to anyone experiencing depression and anxiety, childhood trauma, relationship and attachment issues, shame and/or grief. Additionally, she enjoys faith-based counseling, using biblical truths to encourage, comfort and guide.
Michelle has been married for 28 years and has 3 adult children. She is a co-owner of a dance studio in East Plano and proud of the work she’s done to build a fun and positive environment for kids to learn the skill and art of dance. When she’s not counseling, she enjoys baking, working on the family veggie garden, painting furniture and watching Broadway musicals. She can usually be found reading, singing in the car, eating pizza/Mexican food, or watching Netflix and at moments, all at the same time (she’s talented like that).