Michelle R. Bernardo is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Certified Holistic Health Coach, specializing in individual, couples, family therapy, and holistic health coaching. She maintains a private practice in Mercer County, West Windsor Township, Princeton Junction, NJ.
With over 10 years experience as a counselor, in additon to obtaining her post-masters degree as a marriage and family therapist from The College of New Jersey, and recent graduate from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she specializes in Cognitive Behavoir Therapy and Holistic Health Coaching, and she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are: anxiety and stress management, depression and low self-esteem, lack of focus or sense of purpose, interpersonal/ relational/ or social diffiuclty, anger manament, overweight, emotional eating, and mood-food issues.
Michelle is an interactive, strengths-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques based on individual psychology, family systems theories, and holistic health counseling's approach of bio-individuality to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth, and optimal wellness in body-mind, and spirit; individuals who are commited to reaching their emotional and physical health goals.
B.A. Art Education/ Liberal Arts, The College of New Jersey (1986), M.A. Counselor Education (2001), Post Masters Ed.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, The College of New Jersey (2009), and Holistic Health Coaching Certificate from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, New York, NY (2010).
License, Certifications & Awards
Douglass Borough's Professional Committment Award (2001), Sigma Chi Iota National Counselor Honor Society (2001), CONTACT Crisis Helpline Certification (2005), Licensed Professional Counselor (2008), Marriage and Family Therapist (2009) ,and Certified Holistic Health Counseling from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (2010). Inducted into Cambridge Who's Who registry of Executives, Entreprenurs, and Professionals in Counseling (published VIP in 2010-2011 edition).
Professional Organizations and Affiliations: Member of National Board Certified Counselors, Member of American Counseling Association, Member of Association of American Drugless Practicioners, Life-long Student Immersionist of Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York,NY.