Michelle Grunkemeyer, LAPC
My primary specialty is in working with people who have PTSD, developmental trauma (early childhood neglect and abuse), and trauma. My clients range in age from 14 to 70. Additionally, I enjoy working with young people transitioning into adulthood and millennials. Another passion I have and specialized training in working with women with issues regarding childbearing (often having trauma histories) and trauma survivors. I work as a parent coach since I have the lived experience of having raised a number of kids through their twenties as well as parent coaching training. I also work with clients with mood disorders like depression, anxiety and phobias, and OCD and addictions. I have an additional special interest in working with clients who are entering the life transition of the empty nest phase - finding meaning and purpose - and also all those "baby boomers."
My Work Style
My friends and clients describe me as quiet, warm, authentic, very intuitive, and I have a rye sense of humor. From CliftonStrengths, my top ten strengths include; Achiever, Relator, Restorative, Input, Intellection, and Learner.
Our beginning work is strength-focused – what are those superpowers you bring? What skills did you develop to survive the unsurvivable? Working together, we identify strengths and understand that we’ll use them to go on. I will often use assessments to identify your top five strengths from Clifton Strengths, your Meyer-Briggs identification, and your attachment styles.
All this information is used to help formulate a treatment plan – clients’ goals and how to obtain them. We work collaboratively - I practice “client-centered” therapy. We work to untangle lies, limits, and fears to restore the lives that you were intended to have. And then you grow and transform into the best versions of yourselves; that is where my coaching skills come into play - from functioning to fully thriving.
I believe the therapeutic relationship is vital to foster and is a primary tool in the work. In addition to my skills in Brainspotting and EMDR, I am an attachment-focused therapist.
I have been married for over 30 years and have raised four children through their mid-twenties. I also have school-age children at home. I am a voracious reader, especially science fiction. My favorite books are "The Martian" by Andy Weir and "The Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang. I love cooking especially ethnic foods like Greek, Indian and Arabic. I am a life-long learner and look forward to taking college classes for fun when I get older.
EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Attachment Focused EMDR
Somatic Tools Training
Attachment Work Training
Sand Tray (yes for adults)
ACT: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Post graduate training in Gestalt Therapy
MS in Mental Health Counseling from University of Dayton
BS in Computer Science Engineering with minors in Russian and Mathematics
I am an Associate Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia, License Number: APC006168. My Director is Rebekah Tchouta, and My Supervisor is Diana Harris.
Michelle Grunkemeyer, LAPC
678-798-8540 (text or voice)
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