Michelle Hardeman-Guptill, LMFT, CCHT
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Michelle Hardeman-Guptill, LMFT, CCHT
|Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Hypnotherapist|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: LMFT - LMFT 99852|
Accepting new clients - Contact me!
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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
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My mission is to guide others on a journey back to their authentic selves to reclaim the vitality and confidence that is their birthright. Do you remember when you were a kid and there were moments where you were so full of energy, life, and wonder? Where you felt invincible like you could do anything? We have all had those moments, even those of us that have experienced significant trauma. For some of us, that version of ourselves has been buried for a long time. For others, recent events have dimmed that inner light and total belief that anything is possible. It is absolutely possible to go back inside, to those moments where that light and life force were dimmed, shut down or scared out of us. One way back is through the exploration of the origin of some of our limiting beliefs, many of which were formed before the age of 6, and continue to affect our lives today. Research has shown that the majority of our behaviors are directed by our subconscious mind. By definition, the subconscious is that which is below our awareness. Parts of ourselves are 'frozen' in time at the moment of these impactful experiences and we are continuing to act out or limit our choices based on experiences that for some of us occurred decades ago. If it is time for you to recover those lost aspects of yourself and if you are ready to uncover your true essence, then you have come to the right place.
I have spent the last 15 years working with children, adolescents, adults, and families to support them in healing old wounds, challenging old beliefs and creating new patterns. I believe that the process of therapy should be one of empowerment and self-healing. I am simply a guide. You are the expert on you! My goal is to send you from my office with tools and the confidence to reach for the tools that you know work for you.
People often think THEY are the problem when in fact, the PROBLEM is the problem. I focus on helping people separate their problems from who they are so that they can be looked at objectively and with compassion and transformed into something beneficial.
Email or Call Michelle Hardeman-Guptill, LMFT, CCHT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 43723
More Info About My Practice
I am a firm believer in the value of PLAY. My clients know me for my humor, my compassion and my willingness to hold space for some BIG emotions.
I try to blend a practical, solution-focused approach using evidence-based practices such as TF-CBT, EFT/Matrix Reimprinting, MI, Triple P, DBT and Clinical Hypnotherapy along with creative and experiential approaches such as sandtray, art therapy, drama therapy, storytelling, myth/metaphor and Gestalt work when appropriate. This creative approach helps to bypass the "inner critic" and allows us to access the wisest and most balanced parts of ourselves for deep and lasting healing.
I am certified in both Clinical Hypnotherapy and EFT/Matrix Reimprinting. Both of these very empowering modalities are quick, effective and can be taught as self-healing tools to take home and do with yourself to reinforce the healing you have already experienced or to create new healthy patterns. For those of you who have experienced trauma, both of these modalities can help one address deep trauma and core negative beliefs without having to 're-experience' the trauma.
Life can be challenging and very serious at times. It can also be full of joy, tenderness, play, and vitality. I like to help people access the full range of their feelings while learning to tolerate distress, communicate effectively, and find self-acceptance and fulfillment.
I don't consider what I do 'work'. I consider it a blessing!
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I can empathize with the host of challenges that come from experiencing childhood trauma and trauma as an adult. I can understand the experience of wanting to hold onto old patterns of behavior that worked while in the midst of the trauma but no longer serve the woman I want to be; hyper-vigilance, anxiety, startle response, desire to withdraw and isolate, constant feelings of tension, rigid and defensive thinking, intrusive memories and flashbacks etc.. I can understand the doubt that comes with each new relationship as one replays the past and tries to reconcile it with the relationship that is directly in front of them. (It can be done!) I can reflect on the confusion of wondering if what I am thinking and feeling is a result of past conditioning or is in fact what I am really thinking and feeling right now. I know how difficult it can be to stay connected to one's body when the body was a place of pain. I know the struggle of trying to change thoughts so that they are more effective in helping me through this journey called life. I believe my own journey of healing, which began at a very early age, and my lifelong commitment to personal growth, are what provide me with the insight and creativity to support others going through the challenge of healing from childhood abuse and adult trauma. I have walked through the fire and come out the other side healthier, stronger, more flexible and creative, less defended and more loving. My goal is to support others in finding their own unique path toward healing.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
I believe that a fairly intensive approach helps to support one in becoming goal-directed, trying out new strategies and seeing faster results. Consistency in therapy is paramount. Weekly therapy is best practice to really get to the root of a problem, explore and rebuild. I do not believe that therapy needs to be a super lengthy process. My goal is to send you on your way with tools that you feel confident using in your everyday life. This can be hard to do if therapy sessions are too spread out or are inconsistent. As far as total length of sessions - On the one hand, a long-standing set of symptoms can take some time to unravel. On the other, many people may just need some short-term and directed therapy to address a recent event (divorce, trauma, loss of job, life transitions etc.), remind themselves of the progress that they have made, to gain some new skills to address an area of concern (relationships, parenting, change of identity), and some know exactly where their "issue" comes from and are ready to confront it head-on. EFT/Matrix Reimprinting and Clinical Hypnotherapy are both designed to be symptom-focused; i.e. once the symptom goes away, so does the client. They may return if they have another, different symptom or problem to address or for a "tune-up". Specific symptom reduction could take between three and 10 sessions. More complex and interwoven symptoms may take longer. I will work with you to determine the most likely treatment progression depending on the issues that you bring into treatment and a thorough assessment of your family and mental health history.
Services I Provide
- Art Therapy
- Creative Arts Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
Survivors of abuse in childhood and sexual assault in adulthood (men and women)
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