About Michelle Wright

I am a Licensed Profession Counselor Intern who primarily works with children, adolescents, and women. I have specialized training in child-centered play therapy, sand-tray therapy, and parent-child interaction therapy.

How to Beat the Monday Blues

Numerous individuals spend Sunday in a state of “dread” over the upcoming Monday. Anxiety is felt as work, school, projects, and deadlines flood our brains. So, what can we do about this?  Is there any way to pull ourselves out of this weekly downhill spiral? Mindfulness Mindfulness is a great option when attempting to combat Monday Blues. If [Read more...]

The True Definition of Forgiveness

The first step to understanding forgiveness is learning what it means. Forgiveness is willfully abandoning resentment and related responses relevant to past wrongdoings.  Forgiveness is based on the moral principle of beneficence, including compassion, unconditional worth, generosity, and moral love. Genuine forgiveness does not include condoning, justifying, forgetting, or excusing hurtful behavior. There is no [Read more...]

By |2018-09-21T12:06:26+00:00August 21st, 2018|Amy Wine Counseling Center, Growth, Mental Health, Michelle Wright, Motivation, Self-Esteem|Comments Off on The True Definition of Forgiveness

Helping Children Cope With Separation and Divorce

Going through a separation or divorce is emotional for both adults and children. Children frequently do not understand the reason or meaning behind a divorce, thus creating confusion, anger, and stress.  Oftentimes, children will internalize the blame for problems that led to the divorce. Their left with unjustified feelings of shame, guilt, and self blame.  [Read more...]

By |2018-08-07T11:00:59+00:00August 7th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Amy Wine Counseling Center, Anger, Anxiety, Boundaries, Change, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Family, Mental Health, Michelle Wright, Motivation, Parenting, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Helping Children Cope With Separation and Divorce

The Power of Loneliness

  Isn’t it unusual that a world more virtually connected than ever before is also the loneliest? Loneliness is defined as a complex and unpleasant emotion in response to isolation. Many times, loneliness includes feelings of anxiety and a lack of connection or communication with other beings. The ironic thing about loneliness is that is [Read more...]

It’s Time To Make a Change

We’ve all struggled with that one particular goal that is left unmet. For some, the change might be losing weight. For others, it is a bad habit they would like to break. The real question is, why is it so hard to make a change? Stages of Change Change is difficult!  It is necessary to [Read more...]

By |2018-07-19T07:44:53+00:00July 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Amy Wine Counseling Center, Anger, Anxiety, Change, Communication, Depression, Growth, Life Balance, Michelle Wright, Motivation, Stress|Comments Off on It’s Time To Make a Change

Summertime Blues: A Closer Look at Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

As a former teacher, I often longed for sweet summertime by the beginning of May. I could not wait to relax by the pool, take my children on summer adventures, and sleep in until at least 8 AM!  However, by mid-summer, this feeling of “freedom” was replaced by feelings of anxiety and depression.  The unstructured [Read more...]

By |2018-07-03T10:11:39+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Amy Wine Counseling Center, Anger, Anxiety, Change, Depression, Family, Life Balance, Michelle Wright, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem|Comments Off on Summertime Blues: A Closer Look at Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own and other's emotions.  The 3 parts of emotional intelligence are emotional awareness, managing emotions, and applying emotions to problem solving.  Let’s look at each component a bit closer. Emotional Awareness Firstly, emotional awareness is the ability to learn from feelings.  Reflection is a crucial [Read more...]

By |2018-09-21T12:21:40+00:00June 14th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Amy Wine Counseling Center, Anger, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Mental Health, Michelle Wright, Stress|Comments Off on What Is Emotional Intelligence?

Playing the Rivalry Game

Sibling rivalry and peer rivalry are part of life. As human beings, it is natural to want to know where your child ranks in comparison to other children even their own siblings.  It is crucial to remember that every child is different.  No two children understand, conceptualize, or even see events in the same way. [Read more...]

By |2018-09-19T11:12:22+00:00May 7th, 2018|Amy Wine Counseling Center, Change, Childrens Counseling, Family, Growth, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Self-Esteem, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Playing the Rivalry Game

Breaking Down Trauma and It’s Many Facets

One of the most over utilized words in society today is the word trauma.  It is misused, misinterpreted, and frankly misunderstood.  Psychological trauma is defined as a type of damage to the mind that occurs as a result of a severely distressing event.  It is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds [Read more...]

By |2018-09-19T11:26:18+00:00March 20th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Amy Wine Counseling Center, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Mental Health, Michelle Wright, Stress, Trauma|Comments Off on Breaking Down Trauma and It’s Many Facets

Feelings vs Thoughts

  Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult to have a logical thought when you get angry?  It’s almost like your brain is hijacked, and someone has replaced it with a constricted version of itself.  If you’ve ever had this happen, you are not alone. An important aspect of thinking rationally is to [Read more...]

By |2018-01-30T10:51:51+00:00January 30th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Depression, Growth, Marriage Counseling, Motivation, Personality, Relationships, Self-care, Stress|Comments Off on Feelings vs Thoughts