Michelle Nadel is a Licensed Professional Counselor, specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and OCD in children and adolescents. Her primary focus is on developing a positive therapeutic rapport with her patients to create a safe, comfortable environment for them to process their struggles and presenting problems. Michelle takes a non judgmental stance in her approach and works with her patients to come up with personal goals for themselves, assisting them to recognize their full potential while identifying their strengths and abilities. She is a strong advocate for providing continued psychoeducation throughout the therapeutic process so patients gain a better understanding of what they are going through and how they can best support themselves when outside the therapeutic setting. The integration of parental/family support is highly encouraged so families do not feel left in the dark during difficult times in their young child's life.
Michelle works mainly from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic (CBT) approach, helping patients understand how their thought patterns and potentially maladaptive behaviors play a role in their emotional presentation. When working with more severe cases of anxiety and OCD, Michelle engages in ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention) treatment. She had extensive ERP training and experience throughout her work in specialized partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs for the treatment of OCD and anxiety. For adolescents presenting with more severe depression, Michelle incorporates Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)-informed interventions. DBT treatment is a highly effective treatment model for those struggling with impulsivity, emotional dysregulation, and interpersonal problems.
Michelle earned her Masters degree at Brooklyn College in NY and is a licensed clinician in NY, TN, and PA where she has been practicing in a variety of mental health settings. She has treated a wide range of individuals from preschool-aged children through adults, all presenting with various mental illnesses from depression and anxiety, as well as a history working with individuals with disabilities.