Michelle Carchrae RCC
Tuesday 1.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Monday and Thursday 9.15 am - 2 pm
Change is possible
When you’re seeking therapy, you might feel like your problems are unbearably big or complicated. You might be behaving in ways that are extreme, out of character, or confusing. You could feel stuck in one gear all the time, either running at top speed and having trouble sleeping, or trapped in molasses and unable to do the things you used to enjoy. Huge waves of emotion can knock you over seemingly out of nowhere, or a blank numbness might be the only thing you can feel.
Lots of people have had these kinds of experiences. You’re not alone. And it’s possible to find relief: more confidence and clarity in the way you behave, the ability to engage with the world energetically during the day and relax comfortably at night, and the capacity to feel emotions without being completely lost in them.
Therapy helps by creating a space where you can feel safe to express yourself and feel seen, known, and understood. Therapy also is an opportunity to experiment with different ways of approaching your problems. This may include invitations for you to sense inwardly, reflect on your present moment experience, or see yourself and your challenges from a different perspective. No matter how long you’ve been struggling, everyone has within them a drive towards life and growth. Courageously facing your challenges in a new way can help you feel more at ease and greater aliveness.
Specific client challenges
I work with adult individuals who are experiencing many different problems, such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship challenges, and low self-esteem. While these problems may seem like they are all different, under the surface there is often the experience of feeling stuck in one way of being that isn’t working anymore. It’s also quite common to find that you have an inner conflict between parts of yourself that disagree - maybe one part believes you need to work constantly and another part is desperate for rest.
By exploring whatever your problem is together, we can discover what is keeping you stuck and bring healing to the places that are hurt. When you’re not hurting so much, then there will naturally be more freedom and choice to behave in different ways.
- Intense emotions and high sensitivity
- Traumatic experiences in adulthood or childhood
- Relationships and healthy boundaries
- Feeling numb or stuck
- Stress management, anxiety and overwhelm
- Life transitions and identity issues
- Grief, loss, and unwanted change
- Working with a harsh inner critic
- Dreams and nightmares, including PTSD nightmares
- Physical issues that have a mental or emotional component
Training and modalities
I graduated from the City University of Seattle’s Vancouver campus with a Master of Counselling degree. I am also a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). I am currently training in focusing-oriented therapy and internal family systems (IFS). Both of these are experiential approaches that see change happening as a result of new inner experiences, and are safe, effective ways of working with trauma.
I also have a special interest in dreams, including PTSD nightmares, and I’m currently training in embodied experiential dreamwork. If you are suffering from nightmares, you may be interested to know that there are effective treatments that can bring relief, which often translates to improved functioning during the day as well.
I graduated from the University of Alberta with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2002. I knew that I wanted to be a parent and a therapist, and decided to be a hands-on parent first and train as a therapist later. I spent many years as an at-home and homeschooling parent before going back to school.
During those years of intense parenting, I began my own journey of therapy, inner work and learning about trauma. I continue to work with a therapist as part of my self-care and professional development.