Blog

Blog

Please click below to access my therapy blog.  This is an online space where I will share personal articles, relevant research, beneficial resources, and little tidbits that I find pertinant to my client focus.

Michelle Cherry’s Therapy Blog

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Links & Resources

Links & Resources

Women’s Health
Postpartum Support International
Women, Violence and Trauma
Blossom Birth
Bay Area Birth Information (BABI)
Postpartum Progress

Addiction and Recovery
Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous Recovery Resources
Center for On-Line Addiction
SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse/Addiction
SAMHSA’s Treatment and Recovery
Web of Addictions

Mental Health
Bipolar Disorder News – Pendulum.org
Depression and How Therapy Can Help
Schizophrenia
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Answers to Your Questions About Panic Disorder 
National Center for PTSD
Obsessive Compulsive Information Center
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, NIMH

Associations
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Board of Behavioral Sciences
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
National Institute of Mental Health
National Mental Health Association
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Suicide 

SAMHSA’s Suicide
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
Suicide: Read This First


Please Note: Links to external sites to be used as resources, I am not responsible for the content, claims or representations found on these sites.

Forms

Forms

If you’re a new client, please review and complete the appropriate welcome packet.  If your appointment is soon please bring them to your first therapy session.  If we are scheduled more then a few days out, you have the option of mailing or faxing them to me as long as they arrive prior to our appointment.

  • Adult Welcome Packet
  • Adolescent Welcome Packet
  • Insurance & EAP Agreement

Note: To download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free, click here.

*If unable to download or open files, please contact me to have forms emailed, mailed to you, or to make arrangements to come early to session and fill them out*

Rates & Insurance

Rates & Insurance

Rates Therapy
$120 per 60-minute individual therapy session
$150 per 60-minute couple or family therapy session

Rates Coaching
$600 for 8 week coaching (includes comprehensive assessment/plan development, 6-8 follow ups, unlimited email support/contact for duration)
$150 for 60-90 minute comprehensive assessment/plan development
$75 for 30-45-minute follow ups

Insurance

I am an out of network provider for PPO & POS insurances. Many PPO or POS insurances will cover any licensed clinician. I will also provide you with a bill to submit to your insurance for reimbursement- the rate of reimbursement will depend on your specific health plan. Please indicate your interest in utilizing insurance during our innitial contact.  I ask all my clients requesting to use insurance to be aware that doing so requires a diagnosis of a mental disorder in order for reimbursement.  The insurance company may also limit the amount of sessions, as well as make intimate details of your life/psychotherapy sessions available to third parties.  I ask that all clients consider this before utilizing insurance.

Families & Couples

Families & Couples

Sometimes only so much work can be done on the individual level.  If the pain occured in a relationship, then the healing must take place in a relationship.  Maybe you are having conflicts in your relationship that you are unable to resolve?  Or someone in the family has been diagnosed with a mental health issue and the family is being effected?

My goal when working with families and couples is to help take down walls and barriers that make it hard to resolve issues.  To break unhealthy patterns of relating and understand the origins of these patterns.  I hope to set the foundation for healthier communicating, increased empathy and intimacy.

Some issues I focus on in my practice are:

  • Communication
  • Coping with severe mental illness (Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder)
  • Blended Families
  • Family Adjustment/Planning
  • Healthy Boundaries
  • Codependency
  • Substance Abuse and Addictions
  • Stress
  • Collaborative Parenting
  • Divorce
Teens

Teens

I truly enjoy working with teens- this is a special developmental period that provides so much opportunity for growth and has an incredible impact on their adult futures.

Adolescence is a time of transition, transitioning from childhood to a young adult.  Teens undergo rapid growth and development- hormonal, and cognitive changes occur. All these changes coupled with social pressures and emerging independence, can bring about normal and common distress, feelings of isolation, and a need to solidify an identity.   Some teens even experience more severe distress and can develop mental health disorders.

I utilize evidenced-based approaches; CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, along with a true passion for working with this age group. I work with a variety of issues impacting teens.

Including:

  • Defiance/Rebelliousness
  • Anger
  • Impulse Control
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Grief & Loss
  • Divorce
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • School Problems
  • Substance Abuse
  • Relationships
  • PTSD
Womens Health

Womens Health

I provide a relational, person-centered appraoch to address Women’s Health issues.  I utilize a variety of evidence-based therapuetic tools; CBT, DBT, Mindfullness. I believe in holistic treatment, and am happy to coordinate care with your physicians or other health care providers when appropriate.  Psychoeducation on movement, nutrition, and boundary setting or assertiveness are at the core of much of my work.

This includes:

  • Pregnancy stress and well-being
  • Postpartum Depression, Anxiety and related disorders
  • Childbirth Trauma
  • Emotional Support with Breastfeeding, Depression after Weaning
  • The Transition to Motherhood
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Fertility Challenges
  • Infertility
  • General Mental Health and Well-Being