Designed for parents of young adult children (17-24) whose lives have been disrupted by the pandemic, this group will focus on helping parents process feelings and challenges they are experiencing as they try to help their children navigate the disruption in their lives. Topics will include managing anxiety, dealing with loss, navigating family/relationships, and drawing new boundaries. The goal of the group is to create a safe space for parents to step out of their care taking roles, focus on their needs, and get support.
Please note that this group is remote and connects participants via an online platform.
Michele Conklin Montrone is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
and Registered Art Therapist in West Los Angeles. 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.