Michelle Richardson, MSW, LCSW
Founder & Director, EMDR Consultation Services
Michelle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of NJ and the founder and director of Mindful Soul Center for Wellbeing, a women-centered counseling practice in South Jersey.
Women have their own unique personalities and perspectives and in the brave moment when we decide to seek out help, we look to find someone we can truly connect with and trust with our most vulnerable thoughts and feelings.
Michelle has experienced the power of connection between herself and her own clients. Through her understanding of this important relationship, she has thoughtfully hand-picked her staff so that women could find that trusted person to help them on their journey of healing, balance, and self.
Therapy with Michelle
Michelle views her role as a therapist as being a lighthouse instead of a life raft, shining light on new ideas and perspectives rather than making short-term fixes. With mindful awareness, compassion, and guidance, she believes that women can tap into their own wisdom to repair, heal, and create more meaningful lives and relationships.
Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.
As a trauma therapist, Michelle offers deeply therapeutic and healing work to women suffering from PTSD, complex childhood trauma, and other types of emotional conditions. Often times, we are not even aware that the issues we face in the present actually stem from past experiences that were painful and never given the chance to heal. Clients that work with Michelle discover new insights and awareness to the challenges that they face; and with that awareness comes a clearer and more compassionate path towards healing. Michelle is an EMDR Certified Therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant in Training and also integrates other trauma-focused approaches including mindfulness, self-compassion and the framework of Internal Family Systems (IFS).
Michelle’s work with women of all paths led to the development of The Building Balance Skills Group, a 12-week therapy group for women that is offered throughout the year at Mindful Soul. The group focuses on building mindful awareness, utilizing effective coping skills to better manage stress and anxiety, and being more effective in interpersonal relationships.
EMDR Consultation Services for Professionals
The goal of EMDR consultation should not just be to clock the necessary hours required, but to gain more confidence, competence, and skill to match the passion you already bring into the therapy room with your clients. Michelle is a Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant in Training. She offers individual and group EMDR consultation services for therapists completing basic training, working towards certification, or those wanting to refresh and fine-tune their skills. EMDR consultation meetings, offered in person or virtually, are an opportunity to gain clarity and direction with even the most difficult cases. As your comfort and skill level with EMDR improves, you will learn to more intuitively respond and attune to your clients, overcome barriers and blocks, and more efficiently support them on their healing journey. Interested in scheduling consultation with Michelle? Contact our office to schedule an initial phone meeting with her to see if she is the right fit for you!
Michelle lives with her husband, a teacher, and three children locally in southern New Jersey. Her “other” job description includes mac & cheese maven, baseball & softball mom, and kisser of boo-boos. She also enjoys running, yoga, and sometimes just a few quiet moments to breathe.