Michelle Wapnick

Michelle Wapnick

Alexandria, VA Location

I provide individual, group and family therapy to people of all ages and ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. I have experience working with clients suffering from interpersonal problems, adjustment issues, learning-based differences, work and education related concerns, and other life stressors. I also work with adolescents with behavioral, academic, and school related concerns. I have special interests in adolescents and young adults struggling with life transitions, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and self-esteem concerns.

The foundation of my approach is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy. However, I often incorporate the use of other modalities based on client needs. I have experience with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness techniques to address body-image, eating disorder, and interpersonal concerns of clients. My approach is integrative and dynamic because clients have a unique set of concerns and challenges. I also provide psychoeducation for parents of youth with learning and cognitive differences on how to best support their child across environments (including IEP and Section 504 trainings).

I believe that all people are capable of accomplishing their goals and reaching their highest selves. I work with clients to identify and build on their strengths, as well as address aspects of themselves and conditions that they want to change. I will offer support and insight for clients, but the ultimate goal is to employ them with the skills and knowledge to be successful in independently tackling life’s obstacles and accomplishing their goals. I create a warm and accepting environment to aid in the healing, self-discovery, and evolvement process for clients.

I am a Resident in Counseling in the State of Virginia and received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University. I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.