A little about me:

Sometimes life doesn’t  unfold in a neat little package and if your life is anything like mine there have been a lot of twists and turns along the way!

This is how my career as a therapist and coach unfolded for me.

As a child I dreamt of traveling the world as a flight attendant or becoming a jockey like my aunt, and while in high school it was my dream to be a marine biologist and swim with dolphins all day.   I became none of those things although I pursued each and every one of them to one degree or another.   I was too big to be a thoroughbred jockey ( I am 5’3) but I did work with horses on and off the track (I still like to work and ride horses when I get the chance).   I started my college career studying biology with the hope of pursuing a veterinary degree and I did interview to be a flight attendant but decided I didn’t want to do that either.

When I graduated from high school I spent a lot of time studying different eastern philosophies, nutrition and yoga and traveled around a bit.

But you know nothing changes your life quite as much as motherhood and when one is catapulted into motherhood there is often a lot of self-reflection that takes place and that is exactly what happened to me.  It seemed as though some of my values and priorities had changed.

When my daughter was just a baby I spent some time really reflecting on what I was good at, what I wanted to do and what I was passionate about.  I realized at that time that what I love most to do is help others live amazing lives.  I am passionate about life and about the experiences that we have along the way.

Now I get help individuals turn their stories into a source of strength and vitality and then I help them claim who they are beyond their story.  I help people gain skills to handle the myriad of different responsibilities that are required of them and I listen as they tell me who they are and what they are about and you know that is the best part for me!

I got my professional coaching certificate in 2003 and then went on to get my degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark graduate school.

It’s been a long road to get where I am but that just adds to what I bring to the table as a therapist and a coach.  I look forward to assisting you in your journey to becoming the best YOU there is out there!

Peace

Michelle

I offer free 30-minute sessions to see if this is a good fit for both of us.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Credentials

I have a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark Graduate School  ** I do not bill insurance at this time

I have a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in conflict resolution.

I received my certification in Life Coaching from the Centre for Coach Training in 2003: I also studied with Diana Sterling in the Parent as Coach approach for Parent Coaching.

I live, work, and play in this gorgeous city  Portland, Oregon.  I am the mother of a beautiful daughter and partner to a wonderfully creative, loving and successful man.

running companion

I enjoy running with my dog (featured left), doing yoga whenever possible, spending time with my family, reading, and integrating new ideas into my practice.  I love music, the arts, and reading good poetry while sipping fine wine… and of course any adventure that awaits me.