Michelle Payne, Therapist in Colorado — Zencare
Michelle  Payne
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Michelle Payne

Certified Addictions Counselor -or- Certified Alcoholism Counselor, CAC Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Colorado Not Accepting Online

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Updated March 4, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Attachment issues
  • Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Couples counseling

Professional statement

Michelle Payne is a counselor in the Denver metro area. She works with children, individuals, couples, and families. Many of Michelle’s clients seek services to address anxiety, depression, relational struggles, and low self-esteem. Michelle is particularly passionate about serving survivors of trauma, new parents, couples, and women struggling with issues related to pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders. She also has advanced training in the areas of reactive attachment disorder (RAD), depressive and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and perinatal/postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs).

Michelle often utilizes client-centered therapy, attachment-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based psychotherapy, and emotionally focused therapy (EFT). She focuses on client strengths to support work in overcoming internal struggles and barriers to living an enriching life. Many clients participate in mindfulness exercises and attachment-based interventions focused on creating new foundations for emotional wellbeing. Her approach supports clients in healing underlying emotional triggers, enhancing interpersonal relationships, and improving overall sense of joy and fulfillment.

Michelle's style is compassionate, non-judgmental, and thoughtful. When clients first start therapy, Michelle will work to establish a strong relationship and comfortable rapport to allow clients to feel safe, valued and understood.

Michelle received her MA in Counseling from University of Colorado. Outside of private practice, she enjoys being with her children, hiking, snowboarding and camping.

Michelle is currently offering telehealth sessions during evenings and weekends.

Message to clients

The time we spend together is a time for safety, acceptance, and understanding. It is your time to be heard and validated. At the center of my practice is my strong belief that we are all doing the best we can with the tools we have, and there are times that every single one of us needs a friend, a supporter, and a shoulder to cry on.

It takes courage and strength to recognize those moments when you need help. In our time together, my focus will be on supporting you to use the skills and knowledge that you already have to create meaningful and lasting change.


Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.

Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety

Mood disorders - Clinical depression, persistent depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders that cause disturbances in the client's mood, causing mood swings, restless sleep, and/or elevated mood

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

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

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Bright HealthCare
  • Cigna
  • Colorado State University Student Health Insurance (Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield)
  • United Healthcare
  • University of Colorado Boulder Student Health Insurance (Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield)
  • University of Colorado Denver Student Health Insurance (UnitedHealthcare)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $125 (60min)
  • Initial session: $125 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $150 (60min)
  • Family sessions: $150 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

Michelle also accepts Bright Health, Friday Health Plan, and Apostrophe as insurance for sessions.


Online Sessions (Colorado)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am - 1pm, evening hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed 1:30-3pm, evening hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat 9am-11am, 1pm-9pm
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 9 years

Life Support Behavioral Institute, Counselor, 2014 - 2016
Evergreen Center for Attachment & Trauma, Clinical Intern, 2013 - 2014
Arapahoe House, Detox Shift Manager, 2011 - 2012
Summit Safe Haven, Detox and Mental Health Counselor, 2010 - 2011

University of Colorado, MA in Counseling, 2013


Colorado: 0012887