Michele Figuereo, MA, LLPC
Western Michigan University – Master’s of Arts in Clinician Mental Health Counseling
Central Michigan University – Bachelor’s of Science in Education
EMDR Institute – EMDR training (Levels I and II)
Michele Figuero is experienced in providing trauma-informed counseling to adult individuals and couples as well as adolescents over 13 years old. Experience with facilitating psychoeducational and process groups in various community and private therapeutic settings. Extensive background treating diverse populations with specific training and knowledge about LGBTQ+ population, including HRT referral letters.
EMDR Level II trained through EMDR Institute. Specialized training received for addressing issues prevalent in diverse populations including trauma survivors and LGBTQ+ populations. Trainings in movement-based techniques for trauma include trauma-informed yoga and bioenergetics.
Biography of Michele Figuereo:
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.
Areas of Specialization
- Recovering From Trauma And PTSD
- Issues Caused By Neglect Or Abuse
- Managing Anxiety And Depression
- Major Life Adjustments And Transitional Changes
- Working Through Grief And Bereavement
- Identity Integration
- Dissociative Issues
- Relationship Issues
- LGBTQ+ Issues, Including HRT Referrals
- Couples and Relationship Therapy
- Trauma-informed and EMDR trained
- Accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield and ASR Insurance
- Out of network options and cash rate
- Late hours available
- If Out Of Network, We Will Give You A Superbill To Submit To Your Insurance For Reimbursement.
- Complimentary 15 minute Consultation to find out if counseling is right for you
- A Complete and thorough Evaluation for Services
- Individual Therapy
- Couples Therapy
- LGBTQ+ Inclusive Therapy
- HRT Referral Letters
- Utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Movement Therapy, Internal Family Systems Theory, and Strengths-Based Approaches