Therapist Spotlight: Michelle Overman
What made you decide to become a counselor?
I have a passion for helping people. I also want people to see that they have value and find the qualities within that make them unique and thrive. I want to be a person who can model what positive connection and belonging looks like.
If you could teach the world one skill or technique to improve their lives, what would it be?
It would have to be the power of self-awareness. It may be painful at times to be self-aware but mindfulness gives people the power to be healthy, reach goals, and move towards change. It can be a major game changer!
Have you personally been in counseling and if so, what did you learn about yourself?
Yes! I have learned the importance of differentiation. I can't be responsible for the emotional well-being of everyone else. It's better for me and others if I do a better job separating those things. All I can do is take care of me and cultivate a better balance and mindful center.
If you could recommend one book to all your clients, what would it be?
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Who is your ideal client?
I love people who are open even if it's difficult and unpleasant. I enjoy the partnership aspect of therapy.
What inspires you to help others?
I'm inspired by people who are doing amazing things in their communities. I love watching people make a difference in the world and feel energized by their efforts. It makes me want to do the same and hopefully make a positive impact on the lives of others.
How do you personally practice self-care?
I enjoy exercising, being outdoors, and spending time with my family. I also try to be more mindful of my feelings and what I'm experiencing, and it helps to talk about it with those closest to me.
If you are hosting a dinner party, who are the 3 people you would invite and why? Simon Biles: I would love talking to a world class athlete and hearing of her experience as one of the best athletes to ever compete. I also have appreciated her vulnerability as she has opened up about mental health. It makes her even more inspiring to me.
The Fab 5 from Queer Eye: I admire the way they care about people. They show a love and acceptance that is so needed in the world. All of them bring something to the table every time they help someone. I love the way they help people feel seen and learn to love themselves.*Technically I know that's 6 people so I won't add anymore!
How do you relate to Mindfulness? How do you incorporate it in your sessions?
Mindfulness is an integral part of my life. Without it, I wouldn't be able to understand what I'm feeling/experiencing and why. I use it in therapy by helping people bring awareness to different parts of themselves. We all have different parts of us that make up our whole being (i.e. confident part, anxious part, hurt part, etc.). Having awareness of those parts of ourselves helps us access our own strengths but also leads us to understanding what those parts need (i.e. love, acceptance, safety, etc.). When clients have an awareness and understanding of themselves, it can empower them moving forward.