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

I began my career in Detroit, offering in-home and group services to young parents and facilitating reunification for adult adoptees and birth parents.

As part of a multidisciplinary team in an early intervention program 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 delay and/or disabilities.

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.

As the Clinical Supervisor of the day treatment program 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).

I was responsible for clinical services for the children who lived in one of the residential cottage 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.

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.

What I Do Now

I am now working in private practice, offering services to children from birth to 13 years, parents, caregivers, and families.  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 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.  I make every effort to return contacts within 24 hours, Monday through Friday.