Michelle is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Psychology from Purdue University, and her Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has been working in the field of psychology for over six years. Michelle’s professional experiences range from outpatient therapy in community mental health, as well as the court and prison system. For the last several years, she has had the privilege of working as a group and individual counselor at the Ecker Center for Mental Health.

Michelle specializes in anxiety, depression, crisis intervention, transitional life issues, grief and loss, relational issues, and substance abuse.  She strives to create a positive and safe environment whereby individuals can identify the areas of their lives that they would like to improve.  By facilitating patient empowerment, together they work toward addressing these problem areas and enhancing their lives.  Michelle is also skilled in developing vocational skills, and has led many therapeutic groups aimed at identifying barriers to obtaining employment, volunteerism, or attending school.  She combines evidence-based treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), reality therapy, motivational interviewing, and client-centered therapy.

In addition to her position as an outpatient therapist at Oswego Wellness, Michelle also holds a position as a Drug Court Coordinator with Kendall County.  She and her team are responsible for developing a comprehensive treatment program for individuals who struggle with substance abuse and/or dependence, so that they can improve the quality of their lives and avoid recidivism.  Within this role, she has gained invaluable experience in grant writing and partnering with other community organizations to ensure the success of this venture.