Michelle J. Richards, Ph.D.

Michelle J. Richards, Ph.D.

Professions: Coaching, Marriage & Family Therapy, Pastoral Counseling
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT-S
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 09981

I like to meet people where they are and help them grow from there. I do an extensive assessment in order to understand their worldview and personality. I collaborate with clients to determine measurable goals and sound treatment plans. Then I use the strengths I have identified help clients reach their goals. I believe we are naturally self-healing. Sometimes that natural process goes awry and we need a guide to help us find our authentic selves.

Call Michelle J. Richards, Ph.D. at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 09981

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What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I love being a therapist because many of my clients arrive confused, discouraged, hopeless, and guarded then after a short time in therapy with me they know that someone values them and they no longer have to go it alone. Then I see their fog clear, hearts become courageous, eyes light with hope, and guard lowered. They get their second wind and are energized for the difficult journey ahead. I especially love when clients have successfully completed their work and we contrast the "befores" and "afters." I sometimes think I am more excited than my clients at their success in accomplishing their goals. I am passionate about psychotherapy because it is a process where I can use my professional training, my humanness, and my humanity to help others discover their joy for life.

Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work

I am influenced by systems theories that take into consideration the various roles and contexts in which client are involved. I focus on developing appropriate boundaries, cohesiveness, and structure. I incorporate cognitive behavioral techniques. I am also influenced by evidence-based therapies such as EMDR for working with clients who've experienced trauma.

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Mediation
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work with all types of people. In my practice I am currently seeing trauma survivors, military members and their families, couples, high conflict couples, intergenerational families, multicultural families, and young adults.

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Equine and Animal Assisted Psychotherapies
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

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