Michele has over 20 years’ experience in the Social Work field, giving her a wealth of insight into people and the adversity they can face. Michele believes in a client centred, non-judgemental, systems approach to assisting individuals and couples to overcome their personal challenges. Michele’s style of therapy is founded on the belief that all clients are strong, functioning individuals who can process the challenges they face in a safe environment. She approaches the journey of healing with a holistic, multi-modality perspective. Michele’s approaches include cognitive therapy, trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy, EMDR and hypnosis. Michele is dedicated to remaining current on a wide variety of therapies.
Michele began her career as a family court mediator and crisis counsellor for the Rape Crisis Line and Women and Children’s Shelter. Michele has developed and facilitated numerous workshops for the Ministry of the Attorney General. These workshops centered on the impact of separation and divorce on children. Upon completion of her MSW, Michele was a custody and access assessor at the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Michele entered private practice in 2010, and her practice evolved with a strong focus on the impact trauma has on front line responders. While Michele emphasizes working with police offices, corrections officers, 911 dispatch, veteran, military personal, paramedics and fire fighters, she also welcomes working with spouses and family members of these professions.
Michele holds a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW), and is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in good standing with the College of Social Work and Social Service Workers. She is also an Accredited Mediator and is a member in good standing with Ontario Association for Family Mediation. Michele also is a Child Protection Mediator, working with Children’s Aid and the family to resolve child protection concerns.
At Central Ontario Psychology, Michele provides psychological services under the supervision of members of the College of Psychologists of Ontario.