Michelle  Zapotoski
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Michelle Zapotoski


Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Pennsylvania Accepting Online
Mountaintop Accepting In-person
Updated May 2, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Career counseling
  • Perfectionism
  • Social anxiety
  • Women's issues
  • Assertiveness

Professional statement

Michelle Zapotoski is a Licensed Professional Counselor based in Mountaintop, PA. Michelle works with adults 18 years and older, with a focus on career-related issues for women. Many of her clients are struggling with a lack of confidence, lack of assertiveness skills, work/life balance, perfectionism, anxiety in a high pressure career, and toxic work environments. Michelle has vast experience working with women college-age and older struggling to find their strengths and identity inside and outside of their career. Michelle is exceptional in working with clients experiencing work-based anxiety.

Michelle uses evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy clients turn weaknesses into strengths and address barriers to growth. Clients typically establish their ways of interacting with work/school/people and are unsure of how to manage or change their approaches; resulting in anxiety and behavioral cycles that are negative and unpleasant for the client.

Michelle is committed to her client's progress--her style is compassionate, interactive, non-judgmental, and tailored to the individual client. Michelle helps the client identify the ways in which they do not need to change who they are, but find a way to love themself and use their voice. She uses an endless supply of positive regard for the client; understanding how, for many, she is the only person who "sees" them.

Michelle offers in-person or telehealth sessions, depending on the preference of the client. Clients will be engaged in the goal-setting and therapeutic process.

Message to clients

Sometimes it just seems like we are going through life without direction. Sometimes we have never really been able to express who we are to another person. Sometimes we just feel lost. Whatever the reason, know that you do not have to go through each day feeling this way. Through counseling, you can learn what the next steps might be for you and how to manage your thoughts and emotions.

So often, I hear the stories of people who have been unable to find their place, use their voice, defend themselves, or enjoy work and life. In order to deal with feelings of anxiety and depression, people typically find ways to cope with these overwhelming patterns by developing their own coping skills. Oftentimes, the coping skills we develop can be counterproductive to our wellness. For instance, in order to combat a lack of approval, we develop perfectionistic standards for ourselves. Another scenario I often see, involves people who lack in confidence and assertiveness skills who then work "below" their potential in order to prevent potential struggles; resulting in a lack of fulfillment and purpose.

Whatever your experience has been, please know that I am here to hear your story. I will challenge you in the most gentle, but firm, way in order to help you establish a level of confidence when facing difficulties. I believe we all have the ability to reach our potential, once we have a clear vision of what that is.


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

Career counseling - Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying career goals and implementing steps toward building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Social anxiety - Helping clients increase confidence and ability to interact with others amidst fear of being judged, worry about embarrassment, or concern about offending others

Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman

Assertiveness - Empowering oneself to prioritize one’s needs above others, especially when it comes to mental health; practicing how to set and maintain boundaries; exploring why it can be difficult to stand up for oneself in certain situations


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


Michelle Zapotoski 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: $165 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $135 - $165
  • Initial session: $225 (90min)
  • Group sessions: $50 (90min)
  • IFS Session: $220 (90min)

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
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week


Online Sessions (Pennsylvania)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9-3
  • Tue 9-3
  • Wed 9-3
  • Thu 9-3
  • Fri 9-3
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Mountaintop practice
54 North Mountain Boulevard, Mountaintop, Pennsylvania 18707
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9-3
  • Tue 9-3
  • Wed 9-3
  • Thu 9-3
  • Fri 9-3
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 19 years

Mountaintop Counseling, LLC, Owner/Therapist, 2016 - Present
Hanover Area School District, School Counselor, 2005 - 2021
Various counseling agency positions, TSS, Mobile Therapist, Partial Hospitalization Therapist, 2002 - 2005

IFS Circle with Dr. Dick Schwartz, Advanced Certification, 2023
Cornell University (online), Women's Entrepreneurship Certification, 2023
Internal Family Systems Therapy Live Training continued education, PESI, 2023
Meditation Teacher Certification, Chopra Institute, 2023
CBT for Anxiety, The Beck Institute, 2021
Deep Healing Through IFS, Embodied Philosophy, 2020
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, UMass Memorial Medical Center , 2017
Level I and II EFT/Tapping Certification, Center for EFT Studies, 2016
Addictions Counseling Certification, Misericordia University, 2016
MS School Counseling K-12, University of Scranton, 2004
BS Psychology/Women's Studies and Business Minors, Penn State University, 2002


Pennsylvania: PC008535