I earned my BA in Human Development and teaching credentials with a specialization in special needs. I taught in a self-contained special education classroom, working with severely learning and behavior challenged children. I began to be drawn to working with families because I saw how much whole family work benefited these children and families.
As I worked, I returned to school to earn my MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, and I loved all of it. As I was moving into private practice I became pregnant with my first child and quickly became committed to and a strong advocate for, natural birth, attachment parenting and natural learning.
My life as a young mother and new therapist became my teaching ground. Work reflecting life, my life reflecting my work! As part of this journey, I became a La Leche League Leader and continued to see the value of love based parenting choices and connection.
I grew in my knowledge of and passion for natural parenting and learning. I made the choice to homeschool. And my life and work has been a wonderful joy and journey ever since! I basically unschooled my two children. I hosted my radio show Parent Talk Reports, interviewing many homeschooling parents and educators on the topics of natural parenting and learning. I wrote, Finding Your Way, as a guidebook for families on their educational journeys. I speak at homeschooling/unschooling conferences. I find a reason every day to be passionate about this way of life.
My practice took on a life of its own with the excitement of working with new moms and children, finding a way that I could support them on their journey.
But I began to see that sometimes, even with lots of support, some things didn’t change for people. They wanted to stop being so angry, anxious, depressed or worried. They knew that their habits/patterns were not serving them, but they just couldn’t stop. I was feeling very sad, wondering what else I could do. Well, as it happened, the answer came quickly in the form of learning about Energy Psychology and the mind-body connection.
Over the past 12 years I have focused quite a bit of my study on the use of Energy Psychology, using mind-body approaches to support clearing and healing the habits/patterns that keep us so stuck. I studied Interpersonal Neurobiology, became certified in Neuro Emotional Technique, and studied with the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology. All of this has transformed my work and the benefit to my clients. I see changes every day in my office and I am reminded every day how we are designed to be healthy and happy. That there is a place in all of us that knows HOW to be healthy, happy and joyful! We just need to get the “stuff” out of the way.
I feel so honored to be a guide for people on their life’s journey. I love homeschooling/unschooling and watching children blossom and families living a life worth living. I love working with adults as they heal/transform their life wounds and create the life they want.
How I can help you:
Counseling provides you with a safe and supportive place to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
- Clear past experiences that are interfering with life today
- Effectively communicate your needs
- Create more intimate and healthy relationships
- Set and reach goals personally and professionally
- Design a lifestyle that fits your personality, style and temperament
- Understand your child’s age, stage and temperament
- Learn communication skills that build mutual respect
- Build confidence in your parenting
Finding YOUR Way is my goal as you move through your life!
Always remember Treat YOURSelf Gently!
Request a one hour consultation with Michelle Barone. The cost is $75.