About Michelle Harris

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
San Diego, CA

Michelle Harris

Becoming a Relationship Therapist

My family was the earliest inspiration for becoming a therapist.

My father and grandfather were both highly respected physicians. My father was named Family Physician of the Year in 2018, and my grandfather received similar recognition by having a day named after him.

As I was growing up, I had the unique experience of accompanying them both to work and interfacing with their patients in the community.

I learned to respect their ability to listen, support, empathize, provide understanding, encouragement, hope, and strive for the highest quality of care with humor.

My mother was also inspirational in that she obtained her B.A. in Psychology when I was in elementary school. There were times when I wasn’t in school, and she’d need to take me to class with her. I found her professors’ lectures fascinating.

My mother’s natural ability to express kindness and compassion for others also had a significant impact on me, and my choice to become a therapist.

Counseling Philosophy and Style

I strive to create a healing and safe space within my therapy office.  I honor clients’ willingness to have me accompany them on their journey to self-discovery.

My goal in working with you is to increase your quality of life, develop coping skills to deal with stressors, learn new behaviors, overcome unhealthy relationship patterns, and build upon your strengths to develop better relationships.

I start therapy with each client’s goals and help them see their value, strengths, and life purpose while supporting their process of healing and helping them build hope for a better life.

My clients say that I’m supportive, attentive to their needs, and respectful. I ask questions without judgment that help my clients gain insight into discovering the solutions to their problems.

Professional Therapist Credentials and Training

I have experience working with issues of depression, anxiety, trauma, cultural diversity, LGBTQ, partner/marital conflicts, marital despair, grief, divorced/blended families, abuse and addiction.

Before entering private practice, I worked in many counseling agencies with individuals, families, and couples.

These organizations included:

  • San Diego Center for Children
  • Walden Family Services Foster Family Services
  • Kids’ Turn, Mesa Community College
  • YMCA Family Stress Center in the capacities of both a Clinical Supervisor and a Clinician

Professional Therapist Credentials

  • S. in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)
  • Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved MFT Supervisor Training

Other Relevant Training

  • The Gottman Method of Couples Therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Humanistic therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Gestalt Relational Therapy
  • Bowenian Family Systems Therapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

Make Today the Day!

It all starts with a free personalized phone consultation.

Take the first step. Feel better!

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