Michelli Simpson, LMHC, DCC, NCC, CDVS-I
When something terrible has happened it can rock your entire world. Nothing will ever be the same. You're anxious, depressed, confused, and feeling every feeling and nothing all at once. You're lashing out, isolating, and losing yourself. When you're feeling disconnected, stuck in an addiction, depressed, or like you just can't move on from things that have happened in your life, it's hard to know where to turn. How do you recover?
If you’re unsure where to start, it may be time to seek guidance. I work with all kinds of issues including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) addiction, immigration and acculturation issues, domestic violence, relationship troubles and codependency. It’s all very complex and without professional help, it can be difficult to resolve. However, that doesn’t’ mean that it has to take a long time. Often, once we clear the blocks, things return to baseline pretty quickly. I encourage you to not be intimidated into waiting.
Given that I am an immigrant myself, I have certain strengths that I can offer. I intimately understand the struggle that comes with feeling like you’re having to navigate two cultures- and everything that comes with that: intercultural relationships, immigration
and deportation issues, split families, language difficulties, addiction as a way to cope, domestic violence from cultural differences or high-stress situations, and codependency when you feel like you’re both alone up against the world.
You want a life where you have navigated your struggles: freed yourself from addiction, stopped the fighting, connected to your spouse or family, and found your home. You can have it. You can have a life where you aren't constantly running from your troubles and your fears. It can happen faster than you think.
No more excuses. Don't let fear or other excuses keep you from healing any longer. I offer affordable online counseling and EMDR online from the comfort of your own home. We can work with your schedule and you don’t even have to come into the office! I can do sessions in English or Portuguese, whatever makes you most comfortable. Let me work with you to help you through the struggles and get you living your best life.
My educational and professional experience includes working with a variety of populations, from people with developmental disabilities to those living with severe mental health issues. I have an in-depth knowledge of acculturation problems, addiction/compulsions, attachment problems, behavioral problems, cultural/racial oppression, relational difficulties, and traumas. My experience also includes working with adults with and without developmental disability, co-occurring disorders, youth, and children.
I am a Nationally Certified Therapist, fully-licensed in the State of Washington and Associate Licensed in Arizona State, working with children, teens, young adults, couples, and families. I am an EMDR trained therapist and my work focuses on people with a history of complex trauma and substance abuse. I have experience working with a wide range of clinical presenting difficulties including severe psychological disorders. I also have experience with co-occurring disorders, mood disorder (such as depression and bipolar), anxiety disorders (such as PTSD and general anxiety), domestic violence (survivor and perpetrator), and problems with adjusting such as work, school, and parenting. Some of my approaches include CBT, DBT, EMDR, Family Systems, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Strength-Based Therapy.
Volunteering is also included in my work line and I am a telephone counseling for an organization in the UK offering therapy for the youth from 10-25 years old. I also provide consultation to companies around mental health programs and case consultation with other colleagues.
MA in Counseling Psychology –Northwest University em Washington
BS in Psychology - the University of Utah in Utah
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing therapy (EDMR)
Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC)- CCE
National Certified Counselor (NCC) - NBCC
Certified Domestic Violence Specialist - I - (CDVS-I) - NAMA
Diploma in Chemical Dependency Professional –StoneBridge College UK
Licensed Mental Health Counselor WA (LH. 60753087)
Licensed Associate Counselor AZ (LAC-17920)
National Certified Counselor (Certification Number: 806115)
Board Certified Telemental Health Provider (BC-TMH Certification number: #340)
The British Psychological Society - MBPsS # 456860
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy - MBACP # 00917905