Michelle is comfortable working with people experiencing all mental health diagnosis and embraces a biopsychosocial model of care; acknowledging the combination of biological, psychological, and social factors to explain health.
With over 15 years of experience practising as a mental health nurse in the public sector Michelle has developed a special interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, addiction, autism spectrum disorder, complex health issues, carer stress, parenting difficulties, adjustment to changed circumstances including loss or seeking personal growth and greater understanding of oneself.
Over the course of her career in mental health Michelle has worked within many areas including as a case manager in community teams, as well as working in the acute inpatient unit, Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT), Psychiatric Triage and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and has developed a high level of clinical skills, knowledge and experience.
Michelle has a very warm, down to earth approach and a strong sense of compassion and empathy. She can quickly create a supportive and safe environment for clients. By meeting clients where they are at, she sees herself as a resource for clients. By using brief interventions and supportive psychotherapy she aims to assist clients to recognise, build on and utilise their own inner strengths, helps create greater self-awareness and stronger resilience, and a feeling of empowerment and hopefulness.
Michelle is passionate about her career as a nurse but also finds time to enjoy her hobby farm, friends and family. As a sole parent and lived experiences as a carer she understands the importance of creating opportunities for experiencing joy and laughter in one’s life.