Michele Villarreal

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Michele Villarreal

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - 131287
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $150 per session. I am considered an out of network provider for insurance companies, however I can supply clients with superbills so that they can seek reimbursement from their insurance company.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability

Offices

455 University Avenue
Sacramento, California 95825

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My Approach to Helping

Life often reflects the forecast—some days it’s stormy and unpredictable, while other days there’s nothing but sunshine on the horizon. At Four Seasons Counseling, I am invested in helping you figure out how to weather life’s ups and downs so that you can experience a healed, fulfilled existence.

I work with individuals, couples, children, and families in navigating and processing difficult experiences. Though I have worked with a range of issues, I approach my practice from a trauma-informed lens. Whether you have developed posttraumatic stress (PTSD), are a survivor of violence or abuse, or struggle to fully understand your mental health challenges, we will collaborate in therapy to create a tailored, focused treatment to help you thrive.

The foundation of my therapeutic practice is a concept that has followed me throughout my life. As a counselor, I rely heavily on The Golden Rule with the belief that all of my clients deserve positive regard, compassion, and care. Taking a curious, empathetic approach to problematic or unhealthy patterns, I work with my clients to enhance their awareness of themselves and their relationships. By increasing their interpersonal and emotional skills, my clients experience fewer setbacks in their mental health.

But The Golden Rule is not just essential to my practice—it’s an important aspect of my faith. I identify with Christian-based perspectives and am happy to incorporate them into work with clients as they please. If faith is a priority, I will collaborate with you in a way that blends the therapeutic experience with Christian values.

Though therapy at Four Seasons Counseling is tailored to meet the unique needs of each client, there are evidence-based, trauma-informed methods that will likely be used throughout our time together. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is often regarded as the “gold standard” of treatment, allowing you to adjust your relationship with your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. When you can improve your mindset—especially as it relates to difficult transitions in life like loss, divorce, and career changes—you can progressively move away from the patterns keeping them stuck.

In addition, I use the trauma-informed method of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) with many of my clients. This revolutionary approach to therapy allows you to effectively process trauma and heal from past pains. EMDR resolves stored trauma at the body-based level so that you don’t just survive through adversity—you thrive.

I am an active, curious listener who will gently challenge you to foster a deeper awareness and create meaningful change in your life. My focus on what’s happening right now can help you better understand the past as you devise a roadmap for the future. I am all about getting at the heart of the matter so that you can truly identify and overcome setbacks to optimal mental, relational, and emotional health. By supporting you in making progress toward your hopes and dreams, you can gain the strength and insight you need to achieve your goals.

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Services I Provide

  • Art Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults

Groups I Work With

    I treat clients who suffer from trauma, posttraumatic stress (PTSD), life transitions, anxiety, depression, Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA), and survivors of violence and emotional abuse.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Art Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Gottman Method
  • Play Therapy

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