Welcome to Sacred Play Explorations,
with Rev. Dr. Michelle Walsh, PhD, LICSW
Michelle currently solely specializes in companioning human service providers, inclusive of therapists, clergy, and activists, in visioning new paths and practices of spiritual meaning-making in these challenging times. Her approach is that of 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 students or 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 draws upon her own career paths in social work, ministry, and the academia in providing professional guidance, including her experiences with being an activist scholar in these troubling times.
Michelle works with 4 primary modalities as a spiritual coach, companion, ally, facilitator, and pastoral counselor/therapist:
(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 2 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).
When contacting Michelle for an appointment, please clarify if you are seeking therapy, coaching, consultation, or training. Please note that Michelle no longer accepts insurance, but she does have standard fees for those in low income or student status.
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