MICHELLE LU VIDANA
Michelle is a Licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) with over 10 years of experience working in the social services field. Her humble beginnings growing up in a low-income community as a first generation born Vietnamese American gave her first hand experience of the complex needs of vulnerable populations. Michelle’s upbringing also taught her the power of resilience, setting boundaries, believing in “comebacks,” taking ownership, rewriting narratives, asserting needs and unburdening ourselves of past hurts. She specializes in life transition, grief and loss, management of serious mental illness, improving communication and assertiveness skills, trauma/transgenerational trauma, substance abuse, anxiety and depression, and acculturative stress/victims of violence, bullying and oppression.
Michelle is skilled in multiple evidence-based therapeutic modalities, which she utilizes to help clients change patterns of unhelpful thoughts, bring clarity and understanding, improve relationships/communication, and properly grieve and process past hurts - all while learning tangible, practical skills that can be applied each day and improve quality of life.
Michelle’s style of therapy is warm, affirming, non-judgmental, creative, and collaborative, yet also challenging at times as she believes in a gentle nudge when necessary to put the skills learned to the test through life application and practice. Michelle will be with you every step of the way and moving at a pace that makes sense and feels safe to you. Her mission is to get individuals stronger, healthier, and more confident to thrive in life.