Michelle Thorpe is passionate about fostering client resiliency. Through a holistic based approach, working to ensure that clients have the tools to handle strong emotions that might arise from conflict and trauma. Understanding that a client’s unique intersecting identities affect internal and external conflicts is critical to fostering effective resilience-based interventions.
Through cultural humility, feminist theory, narrative theory, and affirmative therapy; Michelle seeks to foster a safe space for clients to explore their needs. Michelle recognizes that individuals identifying with the LGBTQIA community and people in non-traditional/non-monogamous relationships need someone who is affirming, non-judgmental, and compassionate. Working with traditional/non-traditional couples and individuals, Michelle believes in empowering clients to create meaningful change in their lives.
Michelle graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in Holistic Health and Wellness. In her undergraduate work Michelle specialized in working with children and families with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She previously worked in several clinics with RBT status. Michelle is currently attending Loyola University of Chicago to receive her Master’s degree in Community Counseling. Through her time at Loyola, she has involved herself in multicultural and racial inequity groups to further social justice initiates. She is also currently working on research that aims to address how queer families of color navigate systems.