Michaela graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor’s in Family and Human Services. She received her master’s in social work from Rutgers University, specializing in addiction and has a focus on working with the co-occurring population. Michaela has worked in a variety of different settings including Short Term Residential Programs, Long Term Residential Programs, and Medication Assisted Treatment clinics.
Michaela believes that the path to recovery is a collaborative endeavor that requires clarity, commitment, and honest caring without judgement. Michaela draws from mindfulness to promote connection to begin to reveal client’s self-compassion to promote a healthier lifestyle. She utilizes a variety of methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation. As a therapist, she is warm, encouraging, and direct. She has a special interest in trauma informed care and treating the whole person to promote healing and empowerment.
Michaela is working towards her LCADC and LCSW with hopes of being certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. She believes that a lack of connection to oneself or others is a driving factor in addiction and identifying these underlying emotional conflicts will help clients lead a life in recovery.