Michelle has been working with children and families for over a decade. Michelle obtained her Bachelor Degree in Social Work at the University of Windsor in 1999 and began her career in child welfare. At the same time, Michelle worked at Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital as a Crisis Mental Health Social Worker in the emergency room helping individuals with serious mental health problems.
Michelle is trained in mediation and arbitration, couple and family therapy, child abuse and mental health, and high conflict families.
In 2002, Michelle graduated from McMaster University with a Master of Social Work. After the completion of her graduate degree, Michelle accepted a position with Catholic Family Services Windsor-Essex County where she provided counseling for children, adolescents and adults for a variety of issues. She also provided Employee Assistance Program services to contracted corporations. She engaged in private practice where she offered services to children and families.
In 2006, Michelle began working in children’s mental health with McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton. Currently, she works in private practice which offers counselling, parenting coordination, therapeutic reconciliation counselling, custody and access assessments and mediation. Michelle continues to be a panelled clinical member with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer.
She is trained in mediation and arbitration, couple and family therapy, child abuse and mental health, and high conflict families.
She has also presented on topics including children’s mental health, the impact of conflict on children, parenting coordination and anxiety in children. Michelle has been the Chair of the Hamilton High Conflict Forum since the inception, and she is a Board Member with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Ontario Chapter.