She/Her/HersLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Registered Art Therapist, ATR Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
Michele Conklin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist who is located in Ridgefield, CT and also sees clients in New York and California. She welcomes both individuals and couples to her practice, which focuses on using a creative and integrative approach to heal from trauma, strengthen relationships, and decrease the daily impact of stress and anxiety. Michele also holds a special place in her practice for creative professionals, supporting them to overcome the mental blocks that stand in the way of pursuing career goals and feeling more satisfaction in their lives.
In addition to traditional talk therapy, Michele draws from expressive and mindfulness-based approaches to help clients deepen the mind-body connection and remain grounded in the present moment. Michele is experienced in using EMDR, an evidence-based treatment that facilitates the release of traumatic experiences, from single-incident to developmental trauma. Sessions might also incorporate relaxation exercises, art-making, or meditative practices.
With couples, Michele focuses on experiential approaches to help partners learn to listen with compassion and foster more positive patterns of communication. She is particularly attuned to how the presence of a trauma in one or both partners’ lives might be affecting the relationship.
Michele’s style is flexible, collaborative, and tailored to each client. She brings to the work an unfailing belief in each individual’s inner resilience and innate wholeness. Together, she supports clients to move beyond painful experiences of the past, tune in to their own true voice, lead with their strengths, and make decisions rooted in their core values.
Michele holds a Master’s Degree in Marital and Family Therapy with a specialization in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University and a Bachelor’s degree from New York University.
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Artists' mental health - Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life
Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others
Michele Conklin is not in-network with any insurances.
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Years of Experience: 14 years
Private Practice, 2014 - Present
PCH Treatment Center, Trauma Therapist, Groups & Individuals, 2018 - Present
Private Practice , Registered MFT Intern, 2013 - 2014
Southern California Counseling Center, Registered MFT Intern, 2010 - 2013
Loyola Marymount University, MA, Marriage and Family Therapy with Specialization in Clinical Art Therapy, 2010
New York: 002003