Michelle Grunkemeyer, LAPC
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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.

About Me

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. 

My Training

  • Brainspotting

  • 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

  • Life Coaching 

  • 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

 

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My License

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)

mgrunk@baobabcounselingcenter.com

 


 

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