Education and Approach

     Research shows the relationship between you and your therapist is the most effective therapy intervention. I encourage people to be good consumers and find a therapist who feels comfortable to them. Trust and safety are the cornerstones of healthy therapy. 

     I graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a Master's in  Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education. I earned a License in Professional Counseling in 2009 and a License in Addiction Counseling in  2012.


I have an eclectic theoretical approach which includes these areas:

  • Biological Perspective
  • Cognitive Perspective
  • Behavioral Perspective 
  • Psychodynamic Perspective 
  • Humanistic & Existential Perspective
  • Community-Cultural Perspective


       I use techniques such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical  Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Strengths-Based Therapy. 

     I served as an EMT for Summit County Ambulance Service and in primary care clinics from 1995 to 2015. I believe this medical experience has helped me look each client in an integrated, holistic way. 

Client feedback:

“Michelle is very personable, and very caring! She's awesome!”

"I smiled today."

"If anyone ever asks me if I could recommend a counselor, I would certainly send them your way."

"Michelle's application of her broad base of knowledge is timely, appropriate and very much valued."

Understanding . . . .

"great experience. Nice person to talk to!"

"Thought you should know you were one of the best counselors we had at Colorado West. "