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Services for Children

Services for Children

Parents and caregivers seek psychotherapy for their children for many of the same reasons that adults do.  I offer play therapy to children from birth through 12 years of age for an array of developmental, emotional, and behavioral concerns, which may include:

•  Emotional dysregulation

•  Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

•  Emotional concerns, such as anxiety and depression

•  Separation anxiety

  Fears and phobias

  Temper tantrums; angry, defiant behavior

•  ADHD; attention and learning challenges

•  Self-esteem issues

•  A recent traumatic event or history of trauma

•  Attachment difficulties

•  Adjustment to significant life changes

One or a combination of services may be appropriate to address your child’s unique needs:

Play Therapy

Parent & Caregiver Consultation & Guidance

Family Therapy

Therapeutic Support Groups for Parents & Caregivers

School Consultations/Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Support

Referrals to community resources

Parents/caregivers are an integral part of the work I do with children.  When a child comes to see me for play therapy, each session includes time for Parent & Caregiver Consultation & Guidance.

If you’re interested in services for your child, please contact me by clicking this link or the contact tab above.



Services for Families

Sometimes families get stuck in patterns that are not helpful.  We may respond to members of our family automatically, without even thinking about how or why.

I provide therapy for families to help them get “unstuck.”  We work together to become aware of these patterns and the roles that different members play in keeping them alive, so that each person can change their behavior and learn new ways to respond to one another.

Families seek therapy because they are experiencing unhappiness in their relationships with one another.  One of our primary goals will be to help your family to enjoy being together again.  We will work to capitalize on your family’s strengths and to address your family’s unique needs and concerns.

I use an approach based on family systems theory, viewing families as one entity or unit where each member is interdependent and connected emotionally to one another.

If you’re interested in therapy for your family, please contact me by clicking this link or the “contact” tab above.


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.


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.