Through the practice of mindful awareness, we become able to respond to personal and societal suffering with wisdom, compassion and right action.”
Michele uses a trauma-informed, client-centered approach to support individuals with a wide array of presenting problems, including addiction, identity, anxiety, and symptoms of trauma. She has experience working with the LGBTQ population as well as adult children of alcoholics, and those who have experienced developmental or single-episode trauma.
In support of our clinicians’ ongoing personal and professional growth, we encourage the pursuit of passion projects that not only hold special value to them, but also support and serve our community. The LGBTQ addiction recovery community is one that is particularly near and dear to Michele. For her passion project, Michele is teaching mindfulness meditation in our DMV community, both to the LGBTQ recovery community at Whitman Walker as well as to other groups.
Prior to coming to The Viva Center, Michele was at Whitman-Walker Health, a community-based integrated healthcare facility, where she provided trauma-informed interventions for clients reporting a wide array of presenting problems. She also provided treatment for patients recovering from substance use disorders with the Kolmac Outpatient Recovery program.
Michele founded Mindful Life, an organization dedicated to offering mindfulness programs to a diverse urban community. She creates and leads classes for health-care centers, as well as regularly offers classes, workshops, and retreats on meditation and mindfulness to the public.
Michele holds a Master of Education, Counseling and Human Development. She is a graduate of CACREP-accredited clinical mental health counseling program, and a graduate of the two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program offered by the University of California, Berkeley (Greater Good Science Center), and Sounds True.
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First Meeting Documents
In preparation for the first visit, you will be asked to fill out the following forms:
Each of our Clinical Associates is a licensed practitioner. As required by licensure, treatment under a licensed practitioner is confidential. This form explains limitations to that confidentiality required by licensure. It also outlines the collaborative nature of the therapeutic relationship and co-responsibility for treatment outcomes.
Financial Agreement This form outlines The Viva Center’s financial policies. Here at Viva, we offer special accommodations to assist with cash flow and to simplify payments. As a professional courtesy, clients opting to pay with a credit card are not billed until the end of the month, although fees are technically due at the time of service. This allows time for insurance to send reimbursement closer to the time of payment.
This form serves 2 purposes: It helps to capture the baseline experience when beginning treatment, allowing for an opportunity to take stock of current status. It also helps the clinician gather important background information without taking extra time in the first session. The first page of this form is required, and the others are supplemental. It is fine to exercise the decision to leave out any areas of the form. Please keep in mind any areas elected not to be disclosed at this time may be relevant to treatment outcomes.
Credit Card Authorization Form
This form is only required if electing to use a credit card to pay for services. Conveniently, this form only needs to be filled out once and is stored securely. Payment with cash or checks is also accepted.