Michelle clark, M.A., APCC, NCC

Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC No. 6470

Supervised by Brenda Gesell, Ph.D., MFT, License No. 43151

National Certified Counselor, NCC No. 8841945

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Client Focus: Couples; Adults; Adolescents

Areas of Expertise: Life Transitions; Relationship issues; Multicultural Issues; Grief and loss

I am committed to helping people care for their relationships; I provide a warm, authentic and accepting atmosphere that reflects my dedication to helping individuals, couples, and families with life transitions, as well as grief and loss and relationship issues. I have advanced training in couples therapy; one of the great joys of my practice is witnessing couples using the tools I have shared with them as they move from anger and anxiety to trust and intimacy.

I am also passionate about working with people who come to me with multicultural issues (issues of identity, acculturation, and interracial relationships, among others). I am of Filipino heritage and am fluent in Tagalog/Filipino; I personally understand the stressors that come with pre-migration, post-migration, and acculturation, and I believe I am uniquely qualified to assist people experiencing those stressors. 

My journey as a therapist began in Northern Virginia; I earned my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University and obtained advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy; EFT is a form of couples therapy that focuses on trust and attachment in adult relationships. I am a National Certified Counselor and an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, and I have been working in private practice for the past four years.

When I am not reviewing the latest trends and research in mental health and psychotherapy, I enjoy spending time with my family and writing. My first children’s picture book With You will be published in 2020. 

Your journey towards healing and wholeness can start today, and I would be honored to work alongside you.

Phone: ( 949) 407-9491

Email: michelle@gesellpsychotherapy.com

Training & Experience


Marymount University, Arlington, VA
M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Professional Training & Development

- Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Externship & Core Skills

- Gottman Method I

- Humanistic Sandtray Therapy I & II


- Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)

- National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

- International Centre For Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)

- Orange County Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (OCCEFT)

- Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Professional Conferences & Presentations

Kakkar, S. & Clark, M. (2018, July). Alternative ways of knowing and mentoring. Educational session presented at the Association for Adult Development and Aging Conference, Arlington, Virginia.

Lopez, M., Kahoe, B., & Archer, T. (2017, April). Humanistic sandtray therapy: An expressive modality of psychotherapy. Educational session presented at the Rho Theta Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota's 2017 Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

Georgieva, M., Kahoe, B., Lopez, M., & Archer, T. ((2017, February). A case study in humanistic sandtray therapy. Educational session presented at the Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Norfolk, Virginia.

Georgieva, M., Lopez, M., & Kahoe, B. (2016, November). Oppression and mental health: Intersection between cultural identity and theoretical orientation. Roundtable session presented at the Maryland Counseling Association Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.

Georgieva, M., Lopez, M., Walker-Shelton, L., & Kahoe, B. (2016, February). Overcoming eclecticism: Identify your theoretical foundation. Educational session presented at the Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Arlington, Virginia.