About Michelle

I am a fully licensed clinical social worker and a child and family therapist.  I received my Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 1996.  I  have worked with children, families, and people with disabilities across the lifespan for over twenty years.

Past Professional Experiences

Early Intervention

As part of a multidisciplinary team in Boston, I provided developmental assessments and in home interventions for children from birth to age three and their families, developmental play groups for toddlers, and mom & baby support groups for moms whose young children had developmental delays and/or disabilities.

Family Preservation

In San Francisco, I continued to work with families of young children in a program designed to keep families together despite challenging circumstances.  I provided assessments, parent groups, supervised paraprofessional staff, and administered the program.

Day Treatment & Outpatient Services

As the Clinical Supervisor at Oakes Children’s Center, I provided individual therapy to students with behavioral and emotional challenges, and supported teaching teams in addressing their students’ psychological needs.  I provided outpatient individual and group therapy to children and teens diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Residential Treatment

I was responsible for clinical services for the children who lived in one of the residential cottages as a Clinical Supervisor at Edgewood Center.  I provided individual, group, and family therapy, and together with teachers and cottage staff, worked to stabilize kids so that they could either return home or to a less restrictive setting.

Parenting

I returned to Ann Arbor when I began raising my own child.  I was fortunate to be able to be a stay-at-home mom for many years to focus on my son’s significant developmental needs.  I continued to stay connected with my clinical passions through volunteer activities and consulting on inclusion for children’s programs.  I also served as Program Administrator for a national accessibility and inclusion program.

Present Day

I offer services to children from birth to 13 years, parents, caregivers, and families in my private practice, Open Minds Ann Arbor, LLC.  I am committed to helping kids and families experience greater enjoyment in their relationships, and increased competence and resilience at home, school, and play.

I specialize in working with children who have been diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and ADHD, and in providing clinical services to parents and caregivers of children with disabilities.

I honor diversity in all its forms and strive to make every person with whom I work feel welcomed, affirmed, and respected.

If you’d like to learn more about my practice, please call or email me.