Michelle was born and raised in Toronto. Her cultural roots are from the Philippines and Spain. She has the gift of listening and maintains a supportive, non-judgmental stance, fostering connection and open communication. As an integral part of her character Michelle is compassionate, insightful and kind.
She has extensive experience working with adolescents, children and families in Toronto, the GTA, and Internationally. Her professional background for more than 25 years combined, spans from being a teacher; a director and facilitator of programs; a family minister and professional counsellor and psychotherapist for couples, families, and individuals from pre-teens to seniors; a lastly a clinical supervisor and a clinical manager.
Michelle has helped individuals navigate through life's journey with teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, interpersonal relationships, depression and anxiety, life transitions, trauma, sexual assault, gender-based violence and abuse, grief and loss, self-esteem, self-harm, suicidal ideation, identity, sexuality, addictions, life-skills, marital issues and more.
Michelle is a registered psychotherapist; working on becoming a registered marriage and family therapist; certified in CBT; completing her EMDR certification; and is attaining a Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Michelle's objective is to empower and help youth and families move through the "stuck places" and to build resilience.