Hello! My name is Mrs. Michelle Coleman. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have worked in the field for over 20 years. I specialize in mood disorders, adjustment disorders, & addressing life stressors. Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and the client. My previous counseling experiences have allowed me to work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, with a host of presenting concerns. I am dedicated to working collaboratively with individuals to help them bring about positive changes in their lives. I use solution-focused and cognitive behavioral techniques to assist with concerns. Solution-focused techniques work well for individuals who present to reduce or relieve their symptoms. Cognitive therapy works best for individuals who have issues related to negative and unsuccessful patterns of behavior and make plans to change those patterns. My goal is to assist individuals with applying these strategies to their current goals and plan of action for change. APPOINTMENT REMINDERS FROM GROW ARE IN CDT. IF YOU ARE IN PDT, SUBTRACT 2 HOURS FROM CDT. IF YOU ARE IN EDT, SUBTRACT 1 HOUR FROM CDT.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
The first session is not a counseling session. It is an intake assessment. I will review the questionnaires that you were asked to complete. This session is focused on getting to know you and the reasons that brought you to therapy. I focus on exploring your goals for therapy. Having clear goals gives therapy a sense of direction. MINORS PARENTS/LEGAL GUARDIANS MUST BE PRESENT FOR THE INTAKE ASSESSMENT. If you are a minor, your parents may be legally entitled to some information about your therapy. I will discuss with you and your parents what information is appropriate for them to receive and which issues are more appropriately kept confidential.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
Types of Therapy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); DBT Informed Therapy; Humanistic Therapy; Mindfulness & Behavior Therapies; Solution Focused Therapy (SFT): Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Issues I Treat: Life Stage Transitions; Work / Life Balance; Racism Issues; Therapists in Therapy; Trauma; Women's Issues; Midlife (Transitions in); LGB/TQ+ Identity & Relationships; Workplace Issues; Stress Management; College (Transition to); Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Aging Issues; Mediation / Conflict Resolution; Addiction; Emotion Regulation Issues; Sexual Abuse; Parenthood (Transition to); Depression / Mood Disorders; Sibling Issues; Substance Abuse; Divorce / Marital Separation / Post-Divorce Adjustment; Parenting Issues; School Stress
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
I work collaboratively with you to identify strengths and goals using behavioral, cognitive and emotional modalities. I use warmth, empathy and humor to create a space where you can feel empowered to make changes for yourself.