What its all about I am a nationally recognized psychotherapist, writer and humorist. I like to think of my counseling approach as warm and safe while punctuated with a sharp sense of the here and now.
It is an optimistic approach that embraces human potential, while remaining realistic through the recognition of human limitation. There is never a fixed life that each person is supposed to live. Each of us are allowed to find out for ourselves what it is we need. My therapeutic approach guides you down the existential path to freedom and responsibility. I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents with an array of issues ranging from behavior difficulties to autism spectrum challenges. Additionally, I have worked with adults and families coping with significant issues. Below are some of the issues I work with clients with: Anxiety Depression Anger Borderline Personality Disorder Bi-Polar Grief Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Marital issues Intergenerational issues Gender Identity Sexuality challenges Social Skills and many more I am the director of Project S.A.F.E. (Supporting Allen Family Educaiton) and I am in private practice with Katrena Hart at Bridging Harts Psychodrama Institute and Psychotherapy.
Operating as usual
We can be strong, successful, and confident and we will still struggle with the mind. Mental health is taking care of yourself one day at a time, often one moment at a time.
Alicia Keys' book, More Myself: A Journey is a masterclass in authenticity and vulnerability.
In this episode of Unlocking Us, Alicia and I talk about the quiet, subtle experiences that fuel our need to armor up and self-protect, and the courage behind owning our worth, listening to our own voice, and living with our own "girl on fire" energy.
I love this quote - I think we're all feeling the "groundlessness" of life right now.
Listen to the episode at https://bit.ly/2yKmSPj
This becomes more and more important the more we are quarantined. The Greater Good Science Center
greatergood.berkeley.edu Stress doesn't always lead to fight-or-flight, says Kelly McGonigal. It can also activate brain systems that help us connect with other people.
Offering telehealth. Don’t let the crisis keep you from accessing the support you need.
shoutout.wix.com I take your health seriously and it is my commitment to ensure you have access to counseling services during these uncertain times. Regardless of the struggles, I will be available to meet your counseling needs. I have made the decision to offer telehealth as an option for clients who do not wish to...
"You can choose how you will respond to the pursuer-distancer pattern if it happens in your relationship. [...] When one partner makes a commitment to change their approach and their responses, on a consistent basis, their relationship will change."
It's normal for couples to struggle navigating chronic relationship disconnection, tension, and defensiveness. Our brain’s ability to be aware of these signals is a phenomenon called neuroception.
Learn how to recognize the safety system of your relationship and create a secure space for your feelings.
A healthy relationship requires a balance of assertive self-expression paired with an ability to selflessly consider your partner’s needs.
Explore the five common myths about conflict in premarital relationships.
huffpost.com The author of We Need to Talk reveals how she learned to help -- and not help -- a friend with loss.
According to Zach Brittle, MA, LMHC, and Certified Gottman Therapist, “The Four Horsemen are—simply put—behaviors that [...] represent unkind and unkempt strategies that partners often employ with one another."
Learn how to identify the four troublesome signs in your relationship.
Things I've learned from my clients and fellow travelers.
dbrentdawson.com Intimacy exists on three levels. Breadth refers to the number of activities and interests the spouses share. The greater the number of activities and int
"Sometimes, we outlaw our own grief, failing to give value to our feelings; seeing the tears as intruders that must be defended against."
Gottman Relationship Blog contributor, Jonathan Trotter, shares observations gleaned from their time spent trudging through the valley of grief, lessons learned from those who comforted and others who tried along the way.
“These days, there’s no harm in sharing it,” Andrews said. “I think everybody knows the great work it can do. And anybody that is lucky enough to have it, afford it and take advantage of it, I think it would be wonderful.”
"Our brains are wired to keep us safe, to detect danger and send us warning signals. What is often labeled as codependency is actually our brain trying to look for safety and make sense of our reality." - Anna Aslanian, LMFT. Read more on the Gottman Relationship Blog.
Admitting that you need help or a moment to yourself requires courage in its starkest form: vulnerability.
Vulnerability means baring your truth to other people, and removing the mask we often present to the world, and doing so takes guts.
When we see someone struggling, we want to fix it for them, but sometimes we unintentionally add fuel to the fire. Here are 8 things not to say to someone who deals with anxiety, and what actually helps.
"Shame is highly, highly correlated with addiction, depression, violence, aggression, bullying, suicide, eating disorders." — Brené Brown
Watch the full TED Talk here: http://t.ted.com/Wi2EKdf
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Counseling Private Practice
Bridging Harts is a place for learning and creativity. Many participate in individual therapy, intensives, and workshops to gain a fresh perspective.
Allen Psychiatry is a recovery-oriented practice which emphasizes and supports a person's potential to recover from a wide range of psychiatric problems.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Our mission is to help the entire family thrive in their home, work, and in all relationships, either in-office or Telehealth services. Schedule online at www.ichoosechange.com.
We provide Day Treatment, Intensive Outpatient (IOP), and outpatient treatment for OCD and anxiety disorders.
Emerald Palace Practice gives new hope and strength to families and children who would otherwise find themselves alone or unsure of how to proceed to the next step in their lives.
Clinical Child Psychology and Psychological Testing
At AssuraSource, we specialize in placing highly-qualified, compassionate professionals with those in need of In-home behavioral health counseling.
Envisions Counseling offers assistance in managing the life stressors and opportunities that arise in daily life.
Contact Michelle who has been teaching, encouraging, and inspiring audiences of parents, students, and women in the DFW area and beyond for over 20 years.