Experience Change with Michelle
A little about me
Se Habla Espanol
Many struggle adjusting to life’s demands, stresses, and transitions. However, with the help of counseling, one can feel anchored and empowered to make improvements. I am here to accompany you on this path. I find that therapy is a useful tool in uncovering new pieces of yourself, rekindling motivation, and rebuilding relationships.
I earned my Master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland and am licensed as a clinical couple and family therapist in Maryland. I am fluent in Spanish, and able to conduct therapy with Spanish-speaking families.
My expertise includes premarital counseling, couples struggling to communicate, and developing useful coping skills. I use a variety of models when working with families, couples, and individuals including, cognitive-behavioral therapy, Gottman’s couple therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. I am a certified Prepare Enrich premarital counselor as well.
I am originally from North Carolina and now reside in Baltimore city. I come from a huge family. My favorite thing about my family is having so many nieces and nephews to spoil. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, online shopping, and DIY projects for the home.
How I would like to help you
Are you feeling stagnant in life? Are you struggling with memories from past experiences or relationships? Begin your individual counseling journey today to find healing and new meaning in your life. Below are some of the issues individuals bring to therapy:
Trauma and PTSD
Are you feeling disconnected from your partner? Are you and your partner having trouble healing after a serious blow to the relationship? As a licensed relationship therapist, I am eager to join couples wherever they are on their journey and walk with them to their destination. I work with couples to increase emotional intimacy, deepen understanding, and un-do unhelpful dynamics that have grown (sometimes unconsciously) over time. Here are some of the issues couples can address in therapy:
Infidelity (Emotional, Physical, Cyber)
Different Communication Styles
Congratulations! You and your partner are looking towards a beautiful future filled with love and new adventures. Premarital counseling is an awesome first step in intentionally caring for your relationship. I am a certified Prepare/Enrich therapist and licensed couple’s therapist. Over five, 90-minute sessions, we will address communication, intimacy, spirituality, family planning, and in-laws in order to build your relationship for success for years to come. You will also receive a personalized relationship assessment from Prepare/Enrich. This service can be provided at a discounted rate when purchased as a package!
Whether you're facing challenges with your family of origin or family of choice, as your family therapist, I am here to help allow voices be heard and collaborate to develop a healthier and happier family dynamic. Entering therapy with your loved ones can seem exciting (or daunting); with therapeutic intervention, I help families discover new ways of interacting, process old memories, and reconnect. Family therapy can be helpful in addressing:
What to expect at your visit
Learning New Ways to Live
Congratulations! You have made the first step on your journey to intentionally living your best life. I am glad you are taking measures to take care of yourself and your well-being. My philosophy of therapy focuses on highlighting strengths and practicing compassion with patience as we work on the growth areas of your life. My approach is warm, transparent, and strategic. I specialize in pre-marital therapy, challenges with adolescents, career issues, and childhood trauma. My office is conveniently located in SE Baltimore with parking. If you would like to schedule a free phone consultation, please fill out the information below with your name and your availability.
What clients are saying
I am very open with people about my experiences with therapy - individual and couples. I tell people that couples therapy was the best thing I could have done, not only for our relationship, but myself. Individual therapy is obviously very helpful, but to go to therapy with the person you love the most was by far the biggest eye opener. You get to see yourself and your behavior from another person's perspective. Everything I learned in couples therapy I use in every aspect of my life since life is all about relationships. I learned more about myself and how I can be a better person in all of my relationships (family, work, friendships). I learned that only I can make myself happy or fulfill my life, I can't put that responsibility on anyone else. Of the many years of therapy, working with Michelle was by far the most transformative.
Michelle Collins therapeutically engaged me and my spouse. At the time I didn't recognize it because of my inability to accept the faults of my relationship. More often than not people like to blame others when things are not going as good as one would like. Unfortunately, I have to apologize to you for being one of those persons for not recognizing all that she has done with and for me and my partner. Therapeutically, her guidance and support has allowed us to self reflect and get in the place of balance and peace in our marriage, in which I know would have been overlooked and neglected without your guidance. Again, I thank her and recognize her ability to reshape relationships through encouraging us to work on ourselves, by guiding us to recognize individually what we contribute to where we are and where we want to be in partnership.
We did our pre-marriage counseling with Michelle. She was so wonderful. We both loved her. Since we hadn't done counseling before, both of us were a little nervous about it before we started. Michelle put us at ease from the start and we both gained so much from our sessions-- she gave us so many tools for success. We even enjoyed the process a lot, which neither of us expected.
Michelle provided a place to safely have conversations without any judgement, allowing my partner and I to feel comfortable with opening up.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, I am in network with CareFirst and United Health. Additionally, I am able to provide the information requested by insurance companies for possible reimbursement. For specific information on reimbursement rates and what is covered, please contact your insurance company directly.
How much do sessions cost?
Therapy is a time investment and a monetary investment. Fees for my services can be found below:
$135 - 90 minute Initial Individual Assessment
$165 - 90 minute Initial Couple or Family Assessment
$120 - 50 minute Individual, Couple, or Family Session
$150 - 90 minute Couple or Family Session
$100 - 30 minute Individual, Couple or Family Session
How long are your therapy sessions?
As the client, this is your time. I offer 30-minute, 50-minute, and 90-minute sessions. For couples, please note that 90-minute sessions may be strongly recommended depending on goals and current challenges.
Do you offer phone or virtual therapy?
At this time, I only offer phone or virtual therapy to clients who have been seen face-to-face.