|Degrees:||RP, MA Counselling Psychology|
Michelle has been working at Carleton for over 16 years in a variety of roles aimed to support student mental health and well-being, skill development and success. In addition to working in Health and Counselling Services, Michelle coordinated the development and implementation of Carleton’s Student Mental Health Framework 2.0, as well as working in the Office of Student Affairs providing support for students with complex mental health concerns. She is a certified Koru Mindfulness Teacher and is passionate about introducing students to the benefits of mindfulness meditation and practices for improving self-awareness, resilience, and overall well-being.
Michelle enjoys supporting and learning from students. She strives to create a welcoming, collaborative and non-judgemental environment where students feel safe to share and process their feelings and experiences to develop a compassionate view of how they think, feel, and behave. Sessions are goal-oriented and focus on building awareness, mental and emotional flexibility, and tools that will allow students to move forward in a way that is aligned with their strength and values.
Michelle has experience in providing short-term therapy for a wide range of issues such as anxiety, depression, mood and emotion regulation, relationship and family issues, life transitions, and personal growth.
Michelle’s approach is grounded in a combination of theories and skills drawn from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), strengths-based and solution-focussed approaches, emotion regulation techniques, and interventions that focus on mindfulness and self-compassion.