Michele Manassah

Michele Manassah

Ph.D., LMHC

Pronouns: She / Her

Empowering adults to heal, grow and flourish as their best authentic selves.

Specialties: young adults, college students, life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief & loss, relationship issues, trauma

(Ages served 18+)

These are trying times for all of us. Responsibilities, transitions, expectations—we all have them and they can present challenges that impact our wellbeing. Relationships and quality of life suffer and we begin to question our ability to navigate a particular chapter of our life. I work with you to overcome things like anxiety, depression and trauma so you can live the life you deserve. I help you quiet that inner critic that keeps convincing you that you’re not good enough. I will teach you skills to calm your anxious mind and body and brighten your spirit. I am passionate about helping you build a connected, nurturing and loving relationship with yourself so it can flow over into all the other parts of your life. I will help you create a plan that aims at all facets of your well-being so you can heal, grow and flourish. It would be my privilege to walk with you on your journey to help you reach your personalized goals so you can finally break free of whatever is keeping you from flourishing into your best authentic self.

About me…

nbcc Board CertifiedWith over 30 years of clinical experience, my background includes providing mental health care in community mental health settings, inpatient and outpatient centers, as well in university campus based counseling centers. I also teach, mentor and train students who will be the counselors of tomorrow. I have had the honor of walking with with a variety of clients on their journeys to improved wellbeing and increased self-awareness.

I received my master’s degree in counseling from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and my PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky. I am an active member of the Florida Mental Health Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association.

“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a bit on the right-hand corner.’ I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”  -Carl Rogers

I practice a person-centered approach in which the client is at the center of the service, involved in making decisions about their treatment and their life. My focus is on the person and their strengths, acknowledging that you are the expert in your own life. I take into account each person’s life experience, age, gender, culture, heritage, language, beliefs and identity to collaboratively develop a plan that is tailored to each person’s strengths, needs and unique circumstances to help people realize their full potential as human beings.

In addition, I work within a wellness framework, working with the whole person and not solely on the presenting issue. This framework recognizes that the dimensions of wellness: physical health, spirituality, social supports, financial wellness, occupational satisfaction, your environment in which you live and work, and mental and emotional health, are interrelated and they impact one another and each person’s overall well being. These dimensions do not have to be equally balanced. Instead, each person should strive to achieve their own authentic personal harmony.

I believe each person deserves to heal and grow. Everyone of us is worthy of doing all of the things that align with each of our visions of a meaningful life. We owe it to ourselves to flourish into our best and authentic selves.

~ Michele

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