Michelle Jauwena, Therapist in California — Zencare
Michelle  Jauwena
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Michelle Jauwena

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
California Accepting Online
Updated July 4, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Codependency
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Race & cultural identity
  • Stress management
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Michelle Jauwena is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist providing virtual therapy in California. She works with adults suffering from a wide range of challenges: from anxiety to traumatic events, acculturation stress, grief, or sadness. Many of her clients describe themselves as pleasers who struggle with receiving help, though they know they need it. Whether it be insecurity, low energy, difficulties saying no, irritability, or general unhappiness, Michelle is there to help them through. Together, they're able to break the cycle of resentment and guilt.

Using a collaborative approach, Michelle creates a space that allows her clients to feel comfortable sharing their deepest inner thoughts. She engages her clients to explore the barriers that keep them stuck and identify effective coping skills to overcome unfinished processes in life. Michelle integrates research-backed techniques to create a plan creatively adapted to her clients' specific needs.

While armed with extensive training and education in counseling theories, Michelle believes the key to healing lies within the strong therapeutic relationships between the client and the therapist. The tools and skills equip the healing process, but the strong, trusting relationship between the client and therapist is the key to transformation. For this reason, therapy is a personal investment to unlock clients' ability to heal and grow to their potential.

Message to clients

You're tired of hearing family and friends accuse you of being "too sensitive" or "too dramatic." There always seems to be a pull between being authentic and meeting the expectations of others. You ponder at the cost of being your true self; wondering if it's possible and if you have what it takes. Meanwhile, appeasing everyone and playing by the rules requires more effort from you. Where has it gotten you, anyway? Resentment and frustration, followed by guilt and fear. You're still afraid of being YOU. Fear of judgment. Fear of rejection. Fear of further isolation. Wondering if you deserve it or if you're enough.

Finding a therapist who gets it is hard, but I can help. I understand that pit in your stomach, when you read the therapist bio that says, "I'm not here to judge you... I'm here to provide you with a safe space." But it's true. Coming from a trauma-informed background, with my own cultural perspective, allows me to help in a way others can't. Not only I can offer you a neutral space to work through the complex feelings you're facing, but I also have the life experience to help you feel truly seen and understood.

In our work together, you’ll develop insights and skills you need to create a lasting change. Imagine having the power to say “Yes!" to the life you deserve and feel great about. To finally be comfortable being you. LET'S DO THIS! Contact me now to schedule your free 20-minute consultation.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Codependency - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation.

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Michelle Jauwena is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (50min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • IvyPay
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 5 pm - 8 pm
  • Tue 3 pm - 7 pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 10 years

Michelle Jauwena LMFT, Owner, 2020 - Present
Advanced Psychological Assosciates & Wellness Center, LMFT, 2018 - 2021
The Grove Corner Counseling Center, AMFT, LMFT, 2014 - 2018
Tri-City Mental Health Center, Clinical Therapist II, 2017 - 2017
R&R Holistic Wellness, Primary Therapist, 2016 - 2016
Valley Star Community Services, Mental Health Specialist, 2013 - 2014

Brainspotting, Certificate, 2020
Loma Linda University, MS in MFT, 2012


California: 92354