Michelle Potter, LCPC

Children, Adolescents, Families, Adults, and Couples

Michelle Potter is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the St. Charles office. Michelle earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy from Northern Illinois University. She works with children, adolescents, adults and couples to offer support while facilitating emotional, cognitive and behavioral exploration and growth. She focuses on collaboration to incorporate new insights, gain effective means of communicating with others, and new techniques to manage emotions and life stressors while creating change. She has been practicing in the Fox Valley area for 25 years.

Michelle has advanced training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Certified Trauma Treatment Professional (CTTP). Michelle treats anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, behavioral issues, emotional issues, grief and loss, couples, abuse, anger, attention, LGBTQ, phobias and stress related issues. Michelle’ therapeutic techniques are evidence based and include; cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, homework assignments, coaching, art therapy, play therapy, bibliotherapy and sand tray.

We live in a fast-paced society where slowing down and looking at ourselves is considered a luxury. We run from place to place multi-tasking believing this is the way to be more effective. Eventually we burn out and cannot function in any environment. We end up feeling overwhelmed, ineffectual and exhausted. I believe that gaining insight by getting to know our vulnerabilities and learning how to manage them helps us stay centered. Once we are centered we can learn how to focus on one task at a time and become more efficient and mindful of our experiences. We can begin to enjoy our days rather than just moving from one task to the next without ever noticing what we have accomplished or experienced.

 

Therapeutic Style

I believe I connect with others through my ability to foster hope and to understand where others are beginning and where they want to go. I think it is important to listen and collaborate and to identify how a person wants to reach their goals. I don’t judge the people I work with but instead, understand where they are, accept their situation and encourage their growth and change. I think it’s important to remember my thoughts are not the same as the person I am working with, so I like to ask questions and be sure I am getting it right and I always like to make sure the person is getting what they need to feel empowered to achieve their goals. When working with couples I think it is important to make sure both feel like their needs are getting met and that progress is being made for both individuals and the relationship as a whole.

Locations

St Charles | 405 Illinois Avenue, Ste. 2C

Oak Brook | 1200 Harger Road, Ste. 220

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