Michelle Parmelee, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is nationally certified, working with clients of all life-stages and cultures in our Wexford Counseling office. From working with children exhibiting behavioral issues in the home or school to working with adults with substance abuse issues in outpatient settings, Michelle offers a wide range of experience. She now hopes to use a Solution-Focused approach to therapy with her clients, addressing problems within a variety of areas, such as Adjustment Disorders that come about from specific stressful situations, to Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Substance Abuse, and Relationships.
Michelle offers an individualized, goal-oriented, and strength-based approach with the understanding that each individual or couple has a unique history that has shaped them into who they are in the present. By creating and pursuing SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely) goals, Michelle promotes a step-by-step method of helping clients reach a desired outcome in the future!
In addition to her Solution-Focused approach, Michelle also has an interest in psychology and behavior, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques as a way to guide clients or couples in recognizing the ways in which their thought patterns and behaviors can affect the way that they feel in response to their personal difficulties. By challenging negative thoughts or feelings and modeling new behaviors or ways of thinking instead, Michelle can assist her clients in meeting their objectives and relieving some of life’s daily struggles.
As a certified wellness coach, Michelle utilizes the areas of Wellness using an 8-dimensional tool and assists her clients in identifying how physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, vocational, financial, and environmental factors have been impacted as a result of each client’s presenting concerns and underlying issues. Using a wellness planning tool (WPT) or recognizing changes that need altering in these areas can create a more balanced life for those who are facing personal challenges.
Michelle was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She continued her education at California University of Pennsylvania, earning her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. While completing her program, she was able to gain experience in a college setting to further develop her skills in helping clients through the difficult transitional stages in life, such as “leaving the nest” and laying the groundwork for internships or entering into a post-graduate career.
Outside of work, Michelle enjoys traveling, playing games, spending time with family and being outside – especially with her dog playing at the park! Michelle has interests in physical fitness and art, which she believes can be useful tools in helping to reduce stress and anxiety.
The name of the game is “change” and the health and well-being of Michelle’s clients are her number one priority! She is eager to play a role in the growth of all clientele at the Counseling and Wellness Center of Pittsburgh.
To book an immediate appointment with Michelle, please call our Wexford Counseling Center at 412-314-1909 for an appointment, located at 9404 McKnight Rd Suite 302 Pittsburgh PA 15237 in Arcadia Plaza.