Hi, I’m Michele
My mission is to provide you with an individualized quality of care by spending time getting to know you and your unique situation before working together to find solutions to your problems.
My hope is to offer you a supportive, safe space where you can develop the person you want to be and find answers to your questions. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and a certified clinical trauma professional with over 10 years of experience treating anxiety, depression and trauma.
I earned my master’s degree in social work from Texas State University in 2006 and attained my license in Clinical Social Work (LCSW) in 2011 and my Chemical Dependency Counselor license (LCDC) in 2012. I have been in private practice since 2015 and it has been a privilege and honor to work with so many amazing people on their path to healing and personal growth.
As a native Texan, I grew up in a bi-cultural, tri-lingual Swiss German-American home in the United States and Switzerland. I learned at an early age to transcend the boundaries in a rapidly changing world. I hold a bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Germanic Languages and English. Central Texas has been my home for over 35 years. In my personal time I enjoy hiking, gardening, painting and the beautiful San Marcos river!
How Does this Therapy Thing Work?
We will work together to become aware of your thoughts and feelings about a problem, and how to look at those problems in different, more manageable ways. Sometimes we will laugh together and sometimes cry together. Sometimes therapy will be hard, and you’ll want to quit. Don’t quit. Let’s talk about it instead. You won’t be alone with those tough feelings. You’ll take notes in session to remember some of the insights you had during session or to write down a resource. Sometimes I may gently challenge a thought or notice how the story you tell yourself is no longer helping you and we’ll figure out how to write an updated version of your story.
In between sessions, you might read a book, listen to a podcast, or do a worksheet to get even more out of your therapy. You’ll learn new activities or ideas to build the skills you need to get unstuck. Gradually, you will start to feel lighter, more balanced. You’ll have better tools for handling new challenges, and an increased sense of self-worth.
There’s no better feeling than a sense of accomplishment a good therapy session can bring — except for the first morning you wake up anxiety-free. Unpacking all the junk built up in your subconscious takes hard work, and it’s often not fun.
But it is very worthwhile.