Michelle has studied and lived in various parts of the world including Canada, Britain, and America to name a few. She has been a registered psychologist in Australia since 2008. For many years, Michelle consulted with organisations, working with managers, executives, medical professionals, lawyers, teachers, and engineers. She has extensive experience in Employee Assistance Services and in working with adults, young adults, teenagers, and their family members.
Michelle draws from a range of evidence-based therapies but particularly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). She is very warm and accepting and holds a safe space where clients are free to explore, discuss, and collaboratively work through current or past issues. Michelle is passionate about helping people work through relationship conflicts, personal challenges and transitions, stress and burnout, eating disorders, self-harming, and improving overall psychological resilience.
Michelle adopts a philosophy that fosters resiliency and approaching life’s challenges with an ‘expansion attitude’ and one of acceptance. It is her goal to work collaboratively with clients and to empower them with problem-solving skills, self-efficacy, emotional regulation and helpful internal dialogue. She believes that therapy should not be unpleasant or arduous but an empowering experience that enhances emotional maturity and growth. She enjoys the opportunity to help individuals and families grow and develop both at work and in life toward their desired goals and potential.
Michelle can offer therapy in Mandarin for those clients who need it. Having lived, studied and travelled in various parts of the world including Canada and the US, Michelle loves the richness of different people, cultures, and history. She is a true believer that no one is ever too old to learn or change their behaviours. Michelle and her partner and kids live in Brisbane in a busy household with two hyperactive puppies and the occasional visits from wildlife, including a teenage koala, rare birds, and sometimes even snakes!