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Michelle Los Arcos 

M.S.Ed., Resident in Counseling

(She/Her/Hers)

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Michelle was inspired to become a counselor after experiencing the profound impact of therapy following the loss of her father at age 16. This difficult period led her to seek counseling, and through her sessions, she found healing and a renewed sense of self. This transformative journey motivated Michelle to pursue a career in counseling as an international student in the United States.

 

As a counselor, Michelle's main focus is to provide a safe and supportive space for her clients, accompanying them on their healing journeys. She primarily works with the Hispanic population, helping individuals process complex trauma, teaching them coping tools, offering resources, and advocating for their needs.

 

Michelle's approach to counseling is primarily client-centered, emphasizing empathy and understanding. She also incorporates a solution-focused method, empowering clients to utilize their strengths and resources. Cultural sensitivity is crucial in her practice, as she values the importance of understanding and respecting the cultural backgrounds of her clients, the new cultural environments they navigate, and her own cultural heritage.

 

Michelle grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, before moving to Santiago de Chile at age 11. Her diverse cultural background and experiences have greatly influenced her counseling approach and perspective.

 

In her personal life, Michelle enjoys a range of activities. She has a dog named June, who lives with her and her husband, and another dog named Balú in Spain. Michelle is actively involved in tennis, serving as the lead pro coach for youth clinics and participating in an adult tennis league. She also loves spending time on the water with her husband and June whenever the weather allows.

Client Population(s):

  • Adults

  • Young adults and college students

  • Adolescents

  • Hispanic population

Specialties

  • Trauma 

  • Mood disorders (depression, anxiety, etc.)

  • Stress management

  • Self-esteem-building

  • PTSD

  • Anger management 

Primary modality

  • Individual counseling

  • Trauma-focused

  • Person-centered

  • Solution-focused

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Education and Certifications

  • Resident in Counseling

  • M.S.Ed. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, William and Mary

  • B.A. Psychology, James Madison University

Out of Network Rates: $120 intake session / $100 per 50 minute session

Commercial and private plans

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Medicaid/Cardinal Care

Medicaid/Cardinal Care

Medicaid/Cardinal Care

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