Experience

I have provided psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families in post-secondary settings and community based primary care facilities.  There as well as in my own practice, I have worked with people through issues such as:

  • Feeling anxious, sad, irritable, or just “not yourself” in some way
  • Difficult relationships with the body
  • Loneliness, isolation
  • Difficult or intrusive memories, “going blank”, disconnection, dissociation
  • Difficult moods or feelings of intense sadness, shame, guilt or anger
  • Childhood trauma or trauma in early/formative years
  • Recent trauma in the context of a relationship
  • Beginning to use tools of mindfulness and yoga** (such as breathwork, visualization/guided imagery)
  • Relationships, boundaries, expectations and identity changes that accompany transitions in cultural, sex, gender identity and orientation, sexual orientation, health and ability
  • Coming out and navigating sex/gender and sexual identity with family and loved ones, as well as institutions
  • Being a partner, friend or family of someone who has come out
  • Migration, culture shock, alienation, oppression and getting re-rooted
  • Finding and thriving in LGBTQ communities, survivor communities, communities of colour, Indigenous and Black communities
  • Becoming a caregiver
  • Burnout and stress in the workplace in general, and in community-based activism and social service settings in particular
  • Cyberbullying and online harassment
  • Inhabiting multiple cultural identities while feeling “wrong” or like an outsider
  • Adjusting to college/university culture, including social networks and expectations
  • Academic challenges such as motivation, procrastination, feeling anxious being among school peers or in class, or completing assignments
  • Career, life/work transitions
  • Loss in relationships, including grief and bereavement
  • Break ups and other relationship transitions
  • Defining or re-defining your spiritual beliefs and practice

** I work in consultation with yoga teachers and yoga therapists, and I refer you to yoga teachers and yoga therapists to support or continue what we begin together.

To book a free 1/2 hour consultation by phone, video, or in person, contact me at:

michelebertrand (at) hushmail (dot) com