The most important part of treatment is establishing a trusting client-therapist relationship. I work to build a warm, open environment so you feel safe when sharing difficult thoughts and feelings. My specialty is helping couples and individuals struggling with: depression, anxiety, grief & loss, trauma & abuse, low self-worth, stress management, relationship difficulties, loneliness, experiences of oppression, discrimination or marginalization, and life transitions. I have extensive experience with individuals who have experienced trauma, including: sexual assault, unexpected death of a loved one and traumatic childhoods. And couples who have experienced infidelity & loss, parenting issues and are struggling to maintain a healthy relationship. Even if you do not see your particular concern listed, I invite you to contact me to talk about your needs and goals.
My process is collaborative and individualized while taking an empathetic, supportive, and nonjudgmental approach. This method helps to challenge problematic thinking patterns, aid in the management of symptoms, and help develop self-confidence to manage the difficulties of life. I use a combination of techniques including: cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, person-centered, EMDR, and other humanistic approaches.
Michelle Fahrnow, MS, LPC
M.S., Clinical Community Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
B.A., English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee