Michelle (pronouns: she/hers) is a somatically-trained mental health counselor working at the U.S Naval Hospital in Okinawa where she works 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.
Michelle has an extensive 15 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.
Currently in her advanced year of Somatic Experiencing (SE) training, Michelle incorporates in her work principles of Peter Levine's SE modality combined with Polyvagal Theory, Sensory Awareness, Attachment Theory, mindfulness and trauma-informed yoga concepts.
Michelle currently resides in Okinawa with her husband of 25 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.