Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) #2940
deVries Counselling Group
Port Moody, BC
Education and Experience
Michelle has a Masters degree in counselling and over 18 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. She is a client-centered therapist who is passionate about creating safe places for people to heal, explore and create lives that reflect their true values.
In addition, Michelle is trained in:
- Solution-Oriented Therapy
- Daring Way training – helps clients overcome shame and develop more courage and empathy, with Brene Brown
- Occupational Awareness Training: First Responders Level I and II
- Options for Sexual Health CAVE (Comfort, Attitudes, Value Exploration)
Michelle offers counselling to adults and couples. She is proud to support clients in the LGTBQ2 community. She has a keen interest in neurodiversity and helping adults address issues related to ADD/ADHD, especially those who have been diagnosed later in life.
Her areas of specialty include:
- Anxiety and depression
- Relationship struggles (individuals and couples)
- Life transitions (e.g., divorce, career change/retirement, menopause, supporting aging parents)
As a daughter of a first responder, Michelle has always felt compassion for people in distress. Having faced some unexpected twists and turns in her life, she understands the courage it takes to overcome life’s challenges.
Michelle is compassionate, creative and open-minded. She has a sense of humour that helps make the challenging journey of personal growth easier.
Connecting with people and helping them navigate through life’s obstacles lights Michelle up. She loves helping people tap into their potential and explore new paths through every stage of life.
Michelle carefully creates safe spaces for people to face the areas of their lives in which they feel afraid, ashamed, stagnant or stuck.
She works collaboratively with her clients to map out goals that will help them to take leaps, shed stories that no longer serve them, and attain a greater sense of balance in their lives.
While she primarily engages clients through conversation, she also enjoys working with the elements of art and photography during her sessions with clients.
Michelle enjoys hiking, kayaking and photography and is a proud puppy momma. She believes in the therapeutic value of spending time with animals as well as the body/mind healing that comes from spending time in nature.
Michelle has travelled around the world and has been part of 3 Habitat for Humanity builds. She also volunteered at a therapy centre for children in Pokhara, Nepal and practices Vipassana mediation regularly.