Michelle (pronouns: she/hers) is a somatically-trained licensed mental health counselor working in private practice in Tokyo, Japan. Her past experience includes nearly four years at the U.S Naval Hospital in Okinawa in the Department of Mental Health where she worked with active duty military members and their families in addressing distress and trauma through the means of body-based practices that promote embodiment and resiliency. There she also developed specific clinical programming combining yoga and psychology to help compliment treatments within the substance abuse programs and inpatient units. In addition to her work at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Michelle worked for one year with the MDG-18 mental health unit on Kadena Air Base in Okinawa as a graduate student counselor supporting airmen/women and their families.
Michelle has an extensive eighteen year background in yoga and mindfulness teaching in which she has worked with those living with spinal cord injury, brain injury, chronic and life threatening disease, and grief and loss. She is a trainer and facilitator in Trauma-Informed Yoga, Yoga for Mental Health Care, and Yin Yoga for yoga teachers in their beginning and advanced trainings.
Michelle is a fully trained Somatic Experiencing (SE) Practitioner, and incorporates in her work principles of nervous system regulation, Polyvagal Theory, Sensory Awareness, Attachment Theory, mindfulness and trauma-informed yoga concepts.
Michelle currently resides in western Tokyo with her husband of 28 years and their cat, Junebug. In her time away from therapy work Michelle enjoys watercolor painting, knitting, exploring nature, tea travels, and a variety of movement styles from dance, yoga, qigong, and tai chi. To follow Michelle's yoga teaching programming and trainings, visit her yoga-based website at www.theslowlifeexperience.com.
Michelle is accepting individuals and couples in her private practice at this time; although mainly through online sessions. Please send a message to inquire about whether she is the right fit for you, rates, and scheduling inquiries. She is also available for questions, referrals, and for consulting with those in the helping professions (counselors, psychotherapists, social workers, psychologists, coaches) around the subjects of trauma, somatic psychology, adult adoptee issues, and using yoga/mindfulness in therapy. Please do not use this online form if you are in crisis or for any kind of emergency, response time varies.