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Specializing in companioning individuals or small groups interested in visioning new paths and practices of spiritual meaning-making. Michelle also acts as an ally to individuals and small groups desiring to build relationships across cultural barriers and provides guidance to individuals and small groups seeking to deepen into critical analysis of the history and interlocking structures of oppression. Generally, she works as a facilitator of growth and development for transformational living on a personal and professional level, particularly on behalf of those committed to social justice.
Michelle particularly enjoys working with young adults new to careers in social work, human services, academia, or ministry. This includes coaching doctoral students through their dissertation journey in the social sciences or the humanities.
She also is familiar with the struggles of post-menopausal women from her own personal lived experiences. She understands on a holistic level that this change of life is total and impacts our mind, body, and spirit. We can find ourselves in new places of grieving losses, being surprised by the unexpected, revisiting old paths and decisions, experiencing burnout in different ways, and yet overall seeking transformation to bring forth our fullest wisdom and well-deserved recognition as a "crone".
Michelle works with 4 primary modalities as a spiritual coach, companion, ally, facilitator, and counselor:
(1) her decades of lived experiences as an anti-oppression activist, Unitarian Universalist community minister, Buddhist practitioner, trauma clinician, educator, and writer;
(2) her recognition as a Level 1 Internal Family Systems (IFS) trained practitioner;
(3) her longstanding interest in relational and narrative psychologies and practices, as well as expressive art and liberation health approaches; and
(4) her training in 3 levels of Sandtray/Worldplay as a spiritual visionary tool for individuals or small groups and also as a complement to Internal Family Systems.
(See tab for "What is Sandplay?" for more information).
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