About Me

Meet Michelle

Hi! I'm Michelle


- She/her/ella
- Born and raised in Madrid, Spain by Dutch parents
- Love the fresh smell of pine trees in the evening when hiking, but not when I have to walk an incline up
- My favorite ice cream is strawberry, toffee, and mint, in a container

Not fun to look for a therapist, is it?

You're looking at my website, wondering if I can help, maybe not digging the pink suit and purple nail polish, but relating to the specialties. I get it. It's hard to reach out to a therapist, especially when you don't know if they'll be able to help or make things worse.

It can feel like too big of a risk

But it doesn't have to feel that way. And you may realize as the process moves forward how comfortable, sometimes hilarious, and healing, this can actually be. You can start noticing progress within the first few sessions. Yes, I dig deep, and I love for you to get to the root of things, but what you will also notice about me is that i'm really chill, and easy to crack in laughter at our shared human imperfections with you. You're not going to feel alone, you will see someone who's sitting right in front of you who's been where you at, and who with the right guidance, will help you feel like the expert in your own healing to get to where you want to be.

So why work with me? 

Not only do I specialize in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for therapy, which you can ask more about, but I also have been working with the same clients for years. People tend to stick with me. I've been told I have a grounding presence, put 100 percent into our sessions, and I purposefully take on a light weekly caseload to make sure the attention is divided within a few clients who really benefit from this.

I give some unique homework to develop skills in between sessions and maximize our time together, and truly find joy in experiencing the fullness of this experience while you grieve, cry, laugh, experiment new things and celebrate your successes.

If you want to learn about my history....

- I was born and raised in Alpedrete, a small mountain town in Madrid, Spain, and immigrated to the United States at 17

- Worked in corporate for a time, while volunteering in multiple support groups to help individuals heal from abusive and traumatic experiences

- Got my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Colorado Denver

- As I was completing my studies, I served as the Director of the Auraria Recovery Community, an organization dedicated to substance and behavioral addictions which instilled in me a “meet you where you are'' approach

- Additional training at the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute on Trauma taught me to work holistically, considering mind, body and spirit in context and relationship, rather than work with these elements in isolation.
 
- I pursued further training on Prolonged Exposure, an evidence-based treatment that has years of proven results producing symptom improvement in PTSD, CPTSD, and Complex Trauma.

Community Involvement

As a member and leader of the support group called Adult Children of Alcoholics, I was involved in the creation of the Loving Parent Guidebook. This book encourages readers to nurture and recover dissociated parts of themselves long lost to trauma in the format of a workbook. This work was done as an invested donation therefore I do not profit from the sales of this book. Some clients opt to work through this workbook as part of their treatment plan during our time together as a powerful change agent.  

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