Despite life’s complications, I personally believe that individuals are resilient and possess innate qualities necessary to improve their own situations with the appropriate support and resources. I also believe that each individual is a complex and holistic being. This view directly guides my approach to therapy as I focus on mind, body, and spirit with an emphasis on trauma-informed methods. Trauma, in its various forms, has the potential to alter our view of ourselves, others, and the world, in unhealthy ways. We can begin to live out of mindsets that are restrictive and, therefore, impede growth and restrict our ability to fully experience the positive things in our lives. Counseling can be very helpful in undoing these negative effects and restoring a core understanding of self. I find great fulfillment in helping clients to gain a better understanding of who they are at their core as well as how past events and circumstances have affected them in order to move towards genuine healing.
One of the most important aspects of therapy that I am committed to is creating a safe space for all individuals. Therefore, I operate from a very open-minded standpoint and I am accustomed to addressing issues relevant amongst diverse populations. Past professional and educational experiences have afforded me a wealth of knowledge and understanding in areas of concern to diverse populations. I have had the privilege of working with individuals of various ethnicities, faiths and spiritual orientations, gender identities, and sexual orientations. All are appreciated for their unique backgrounds and personal qualities and all are welcome!
In addition to using a holistic therapeutic approach to counseling, Michele Figuereo is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Michele uses this technique to guide clients into healing from past traumas or injurious events that currently present as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental health disorders.