Michelle received her undergraduate degree in Education at the University of Victoria and an MBA from the Gustavson School of Business. She received her MA in Counselling Psychology from The Adler School of Professional Psychology - now Adler University - in Vancouver, BC. Adler is the oldest independent psychology school in North America.
Michelle trained as a clinical intern under the supervision of registered clinical counsellor and certified clinical sexologist Dr. Danielle Duplassie, founder of The Shanti Centre. Her work with Dr. Duplassie allowed her the privilege of working with clients on issues specific to relational conflict, intimacy, identity, sexuality, boundaries, trauma, anxiety, depression, stress and emotional disregulation.
As a clinical intern she also worked with Vancouver Coastal Health and BC Corrections in Mental Health and Addictions Services providing individual and group counselling to clients grappling with addictions, concurrent mental health issues and trauma at the Drug Treatment Court of Vancouver.
Her graduate research and published thesis focused on the current empty nest transition experience of Baby Boomer women.
Today, she works exclusively with adults and couples at her private practice in Oak Bay.
Inspired by her love of making mental health tools and strategies available to as many people as possible, she has provided classes and workshops for groups throughout Southern Vancouver Island. She created the free educational presentation series Strategies for Your WHOLE Life as a means of putting into action her belief in social responsibility through accessible psychoeducation.