With a degree in Clinical Psychology and a concentration in Somatic Studies, Michele has been a practicing licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1999. She began her clinical career in 1988, working as a case manager in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco in a residential program for people suffering from mental illness, substance abuse, and poverty. She became a highly skilled individual and group therapist, client advocate, and this training deepened her understanding of the complexity of human nature and the influence of genetics, trauma, and social conditions in the forming of symptoms, conflicts, and illness.
While continuing to work in hospital settings and outpatient clinics, Michele also trained in child therapy and completed several years of internships working with children and teens, as well as with parents. She has served as a consultant to preschools and has taught child development workshops for parents and teachers. She became a Certified Gottman Educator, teaching parents how to preserve and strengthen their relationship while becoming new parents. She has also worked intensively with new mothers suffering from post-partum depression. In addition to private practice, for the past several years Michele has worked in medical settings as a psychotherapist. She has focused her work intensively with people suffering from depression, anxiety, grief, identity issues, young adult concerns, relationship and work stress, as well as chronic pain.
Michele’s work as a psychotherapist has been all inclusive, as she has supported very young children, pre-teens, teens, adults, and has worked with elders coping with issues of aging. She has worked with people from many diverse cultural, ethnic, familial, and socio-economic backgrounds and is dedicated to supporting each person’s individual experiences within the complex, diverse world in which we live.