Dr. Michelle Emerick is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Clinical Director at IntraSpectrum Counseling, offering individual, couples and group counseling. Michelle prefers therapy to be approachable, collaborative and supportive. She provides a warm and supportive space, is grounded, but has a sense of humor. She sees her clients as having untapped potential that is worthy of support. She will attend to your strengths, while also considering creative, accessible, and sometimes challenging ways to move towards your goals. Michelle uses an integrative approach, which means she blends Humanist, Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, Feminist, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy perspectives to tailor your unique needs and identity. Her professional interests include gender and sexual identity development, kink, and polyamory; supporting multicultural and international individuals; exploring intersectionality of identities; family of origin issues; trauma; navigating unfair relationships with healthy communication, assertiveness, and boundaries; stress and anxiety management; couples counseling; and helping others benefit from the unique opportunity for connection, normalization and relief found in group counseling. Her personal interests include exploring the world, being in nature, spending time with family and friends, movies, reading for fun, finding joy in small things, petting puppies, and laughing.Prior to joining the staff at IntraSpectrum, Michelle was the Co-coordinator of Clinical Training and the Coordinator of Group Counseling at University of Chicago’s Student Counseling Center. While there, she focused on supporting LGBTQ young adults who were working to meet academic milestones while also navigating coming out in personal and professional spaces. Prior to that, for a decade, Michelle served as the Director of Clinical Training and Staff Psychologist at Howard Brown Health Center. Although she worked with clients of all ages, she specialized in working with TGNC young adults as well as individuals newly diagnosed with HIV. While she earned a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia College Chicago, Michelle pivoted careers so she could offer more support to those in her stories. This led to her earning her MA and PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2006.