When one door of happiness closes, another opens,
but often we look so long at the closed door that
we do not see the one that has been opened for us."
-- Helen Keller
Hi! I'm Michelle,
your Reality Ambassador.
I am a believer that we can make positive changes in our lives and that we are constantly growing and developing as human beings. Sometimes, we get overwhelmed by our situation and/or feelings, which can impede our ability to see our situation clearly and objectively. During these times, a neutral, honest, trustworthy, respectful, caring professional can help in understanding circumstances; provide insights, new perspectives, and support to reach your goals.
An effective coaching/counseling relationship is a collaborative process. It is an extended conversation about you and your life. We discuss your feelings, hopes, and dreams. Your role is to talk about what is important to you in as honest and open way as possible. As a Reality Ambassador, one of my roles is to actively listen, assist you with seeing unhealthy patterns, and help you find solutions using your inner strengths. Another of my roles is to assist individuals with progressing their professional goals by acting as a sounding board, to encourage exploration of inner strengths, and support personal and professional development.
In order to Bridge the Gap, it is necessary
to shed old, negative thoughts and patterns
to pave the way to accomplish goals.
I have devoted my life to helping others and enjoy doing so. From a young age, I knew that my strengths would be used in helping others as a counselor/coach. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology, Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling, and became a Doctoral Candidate in Counseling Psychology. I obtained my license as a mental health counselor in 2001 and have completed an additional 300+ hours of continuing education to date since then. It is important to keep up to date with the latest information and to grow. One of my sayings on a regular basis is that we should be learning at least one new thing a day helping to keep us sharp. It keeps us vital even if that one thing is a small detail, it will come in handy when you least expect it.
During my undergraduate schooling, I worked in hospitality and retail, including clothing and banking, working my way to management for 10 years until I was able to start my "career" path in the human services field in 1999. Since then I have worked with countless individuals from a variety of backgrounds. In 2005, I started a private practice as a licensed mental health counselor. The graduate programs I attended didn't teach us how to be business owners and all I had to rely on was my very minimal exposure during the Business classes I took during my undergraduate. So, I learned most things the hard way and now have a wealth of knowledge that I enjoy sharing with others (if/when asked) in an effort to assist in their personal and professional journeys.
Personally, I have experienced countless ups and downs just like most people and even though I have all the above mentioned "formal" education, I am on this journey called life as well. Going through the graduate programs, it was taught that we were not to disclose personal information about our lives, experiences, and/or struggles and we were taught multiple ways to deflect. After about 5 years in private practice, I decreased my deflections and began sharing with my clients when they asked. It shocked me for awhile when my clients would respond, "Oh My Gosh, you are a real person, too." LITERALLY. I'm sharing that now to let you know that when we interact, you will receive honest, genuine encouragement and support. I'm not here to tell you what to do or how to do it. I'm here to give you a nonjudgmental, SAFE place to explore how to navigate your journey in the way that you determine best fits you. I will provide options and additional insights and you choose what works for you.
An Eagle is a symbol of transformation as it is the only bird whose
whole physical strength is literally renewed after each molting season.
It is a privilege to assist people shed their old feathers so that they
can gain new physical, mental, and spiritual strength to soar.