Michelle Janssen

MCounselling BCreativeIndustries Lvl 3 Gottman ACA Member

Registered Counsellor - Private Health only

Michelle is a skilled and experienced Counsellor and Relationship Therapist who sees both couples and individual clients. Michelle is a member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Her sessions are not eligible for Medicare.

In her couple’s work, Michelle utilises the Gottman method, and has achieved Gottman Level 3 qualifications. The Gottman Method is an evidence- and research-based relationship framework. A thorough assessment of the couple’s relationship is conducted, with interventions applied based on the Sound Relationship House. Michelle believes couples counselling can have a huge, positive ripple effect on all things in people’s lives.

Michelle works from the understanding that difficulties will inevitably arise in a relationship, and being able to express our feelings and needs is key. Whether you are struggling to connect, communicate or perhaps experiencing a crisis in your relationship, Michelle uses the Gottman method to navigate us through. Michelle also has training in emotion-focussed couples therapy (EFCT) and needs-based therapy (NBT).

Michelle believes that couples counselling is a chance to feel fully heard and understood by your partner, whether that’s to rebuild, or simply to strengthen the relationship you have. Michelle is deeply honoured to share in your therapeutic journey.

Michelle is gentle, yet goal-oriented in session, and draws upon her rich array of personal and professional experiences to hold space for her clients. Michelle utilises a variety of modalities, and is adaptable to the client’s needs. Michelle operates using a trauma-informed and strengths based framework, often utilising elements of Attachment Theory to help contexualise the client’s experience. She is able to integrate the use of creative and expressive interventions, CBT, ACT and somatic work. Michelle is dynamic in being able to apply practical interventions, whilst also allowing space for deeper questioning of an existential nature, reflection and mindfulness.

Michelle is passionate about demystifying the counselling process and reducing the stigma of it being a ‘scary place’. While it can be a place for difficult, challenging conversations, it can also be a deeply rewarding journey of growth, love and learning. Michelle wants you to feel safe to tell your story, share your goals and perhaps even have a few laughs as we engage in the therapeutic process.

Michelle lives with her partner, and has poodles named Spinifex and Polly. Polly was named after the television show Fawlty Towers, and Spinifex…well that’s a long story! In her spare time, Michelle enjoys Sip & Paint classes, watching comedy, and doing yin yoga.

Medicare eligible: No – Private Health only

Clinic: Lutwyche & Aspley

Email: michelle@northbrisbanepsychologists.com.au

Phone: 0406 529 718

Private Health Fund benefits:

  • BUPA – Lutwyche J002546, Aspley J002547
  • ARHG Provider number – AC13379T
  • Police Health Fund
  • Emergency Services Health
  • Phoenix Health
  • St Lukes Health
  • CUA (telehealth only)
  • Teachers Union Health
  • AIA
  • Westfund