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Michelle L Mcnealy LMHC

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How do you determine therapy goals with clients? What does that process look like?

Therapy goals with my clients are ALWAYS determined each client's needs and problems. First the client will identify the problems that are affecting their daily living with me. Then with my client we develop objectives/ or coping skills that will assist them in reaching their overall outcomes/goals, whether to increase or decrease a particular problems within their lives.. This process will always include psycho-education about their diagnosis/or issues and the symptoms they are experiencing. Also there may be Some form of homework assignments between session to keep the client engaged in the process. There will also be some form of review along the process for the client to determine their progress and determine if there should be a need for an alteration to the the treatment plan. Finally if the client and myself feel that their goals are met then preparation for discharged will be made, in the form of referrals to any additional follow-up resources in the community they may need.

Are there any recurring themes or issues you’ve noticed as you treat people in your area of specialization, and how has this insight guided your approach?

For my part one reoccurring theme while engaging with individuals recovering from traumatic events in their live is first and far most the ability to trust the therapist to relieve that event. However by building that rapport and providing a safe space for the client has been very successful in dealing with this issue. Also ensuring to the client that the way they feel may not just be mental but also physically deficiencies in the body, introducing the images that trauma has on the brain compared to someone that has never experienced trauma. For the most part in my experience meeting the client where they are with no unrealistic expectation has been my best approach.

If you could pick one movie or book that influenced your approach to therapy, what would it be and why?

The one movie that had the most influence my approach to therapy is, "A Beautiful Mind" staring Russell Crowe. This movie in my opinion, introduced the idea of a more individualized approach to therapy. To me it sums up the idea that although the criteria and symptoms may be similar in a particular diagnosis, each person has the ability to reach their highest potential while managing those symptoms and possibly find some form of humor in the process.


Abuse/Survivors of abuse

Domestic violence

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Spirituality & religion based issues

General Expertise



Relationship Issues


Sexuality Based Issues

Anger management

Divorce & separation

Family issues


First Session$100
Family Therapy$100
Marriage & Couples Counseling$100
Individual Therapy$100

Types of Therapy

Family Therapy

Marriage & Couples Counseling

Individual Therapy

Group Therapy


Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices



Cognitive Processing Therapy

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Existential Therapy

Family Systems Therapy

Training / Certifications

Trauma Focus Therapy, LGBTQIA, Ministry, CBT, FFT, Cultural Sensitivity, Marriage Counseling


  • Florida, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MH19584


M.S. Capella University in Counseling Studies

Work History

Michelle McNealy LMHC , I have over 15 years’ experience in Mental Health Possess exceptional research, assessment and agency reporting abilities. Skilled in intake diagnosis of individuals with various mental health disorders and substance abuse issues utilizing the DSM V criteria. Experience includes conducting individual and group psychotherapy, and marriage and family counseling as well as Pre-Marital Counseling and Christian Counseling ; organizing, managing, and administering adult, prevention and outreach services; interviewing clients to establish the nature and extent of concerns/issues, provide professional assistance to them, and determine appropriate referral services/opinions; and in planning and implementing professional community organizational strategies and initiatives; formulating of needs assessments, development of prevention programs, and marketing of developed programs {face to face/telehealth}. consultation services, and discharge planning; discerns when a change in treatment plan is needed and implements appropriate changes or actions; direct patient care, program development. Microsoft Applications and EMR. Certified/Training: CBT, Solution Focus Therapy, TF-CBT, Adoption, National Drug Court, Techniques of Play Therapy, Adult/Children Case Management and Telehealth delivery of services. Certificate in Energy Medicine/ Christian Counseling and Pre-Marital Counseling.

Frequently Asked Questions About Michelle Mcnealy, LMHC

It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Michelle Mcnealy, LMHC, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.

Is Michelle Mcnealy accepting new clients?

Yes, Michelle Mcnealy is accepting new clients.

Does Michelle Mcnealy accept insurance?

No, Michelle Mcnealy does not accept insurance.

What types of therapy does Michelle Mcnealy offer?

Michelle Mcnealy offers therapy for couples, families, groups and individuals.

Does Michelle Mcnealy offer in-person appointments?

No, but people in Florida can book Michelle Mcnealy for virtual appointments (teletherapy).

Does Michelle Mcnealy offer online therapy?

Yes, Michelle Mcnealy offers online therapy to people in Florida.

How quickly can I see Michelle Mcnealy?

Michelle Mcnealy typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.

What languages does Michelle Mcnealy speak?

Michelle Mcnealy conducts therapy sessions in English.

Can I book an appointment with Michelle Mcnealy online?

Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Michelle Mcnealy online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.

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