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.

Child Abuse Awareness Month

The month of April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.  This is an epidemic that is near and dear to my heart.  I am an advocate for the non-exploitation and safety of children as a counselor and former teacher.  I would like to educate the public on abuse and the lifelong impairment it can have on [Read more...]

What Is Psychosocial Development?

I’ve always wondered why children, adolescents, and adults go through certain psychological changes. Each transformation seems to build upon the previous one and pave the way for development. One of the most popular and influential theories on this subject came from Erik Erikson, a protégé of Sigmund Freud. Erikson believed that personality develops in a [Read more...]

By |2019-03-26T15:42:46+00:00March 26th, 2019|Communication, Friendship, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Self-Esteem|Comments Off on What Is Psychosocial Development?

Psychological Shock

Psychological shock, or mental shock, is a condition in response to a traumatic event. The shock comes from witnessing a traumatic event that induces a strong emotional response within an individual.   Emotional Symptoms -Shock, denial, or disbelief. -Confusion and difficulty concentrating. -Anger, irritability, and mood swings. -Anxiety and fear. -Withdrawing from others. -Feeling sad or [Read more...]

By |2019-03-22T13:27:57+00:00March 14th, 2019|Anger, Antisocial, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Grief, Mental Health, Motivation, Self Harm, Self-care, Stress, Trauma|Comments Off on Psychological Shock

Parenting Out of Fear

"Where Fear Is, Happiness Is Not" –Author Unknown I remember the day I brought my first child home from the hospital after giving birth.  I looked down at that little baby and vowed to myself that I would keep her safe for as long as I lived.  While watching her sleep at night, I would [Read more...]

By |2019-02-25T17:04:45+00:00February 22nd, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Stress|Comments Off on Parenting Out of Fear

Flying Solo on Valentine’s Day

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance!” Oscar Wilde Many consider February 14th the Day of Love. It is Hallmark’s most famous day of the year. Although for several, Valentine’s Day is not a warm day with chocolates given to them by their significant other. It is a day marked with memories [Read more...]

By |2019-02-05T14:53:38+00:00February 5th, 2019|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Relationships, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Flying Solo on Valentine’s Day

Are You A Conversational Narcissist?

Naturally, most human beings love to talk about themselves.  It is a pleasurable experience to tell others our interests, hobbies, and what we had for lunch. What if we find ourselves turning every conversation into another story about us? What Is A Conversational Narcissist? Sociologist, Charles Derber, coined the term Conversational Narcissist to describe a [Read more...]

By |2019-01-22T16:28:44+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Adult Counseling, Antisocial, Communication, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Stress|Comments Off on Are You A Conversational Narcissist?

Our Daily Trauma Intake

A recent study at Duke University posed an interesting question: what is your daily trauma intake?  Think about it. You wake up, check the news and what is the first thing that you hear or see? Destruction, shootings, death, poverty, war. That is just before breakfast.  You obviously need to know what is going on [Read more...]

By |2019-01-09T13:31:07+00:00January 9th, 2019|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress, Trauma|Comments Off on Our Daily Trauma Intake

Coping With Grief During The Holidays

I never really understood what it meant to grieve during the holidays until it happened to my own family.  My father had a massive heart attack that took his life just days before Christmas. My entire family was in anguish. From then on, Christmas has never been quite the same.    The holidays bring meaning [Read more...]

By |2018-12-19T14:34:24+00:00December 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Family, Grief, Holidays, Mental Health, Motivation, Peer Relationships, Self-care, Stress|Comments Off on Coping With Grief During The Holidays

Codependency and Enmeshment

Codependency is a learned conduct that is often passed down through generations. It affects an individual’s ability to have healthy relationships. Relationships that have substance abuse, chronic mental illness, or dysfunctional behaviors are co-dependent.  Enmeshment is very similar to co-dependency. Personal boundaries in a relationship are blurred. An over-concern for others leads to a loss [Read more...]

True Gratefulness

"Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.  All things have contributed to your advancement, so you would include all things in your gratitude." -Ralph Waldo Emerson Gratitude is an emotion similar to thankfulness.  What many do not understand is that gratitude comes from within [Read more...]

By |2018-11-20T11:29:24+00:00November 20th, 2018|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on True Gratefulness