Michelle Fortier (she/her)

LCSW

Work with those who have been involved with the criminal justice system, those who have suffered trauma and those with Borderline traits.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tallahassee, FL

Services
  • Individual
  • Adolescent/Teen
  • Group

About My Clients

I work with individuals who have been influenced by the criminal justice system, either by working in it, being involved with it or having a loved one who has been incarcerated. I also treat trauma to include both recent traumatic events and abuse while growing up. I also treat mood instability, self-harming, sense of emptiness-Borderline Personality Disorder. Not surprisingly, the clients I treat often have at least two of the above.

My Background and Approach

Tired of going to therapy and just talking, talking, talking but never figuring out how to cope with your trauma and strong emotions? The therapy I offer is informed by Dialectical Behavioral Therapy which is very skills based. We learn how to cope with strong emotions, stop self-harming and develop a life worth living. I absolutely LOVE DBT and have seen the enormous benefits for people who emotionally suffer. Marsha Linehan, the developer of DBT, has an answer for everything and every type of situation. Because I offer DBT, I am also a pretty available therapist, offering DBT skills coaching through texts and emails between sessions. I also offer something called Brainspotting which is a type of therapy for trauma that gets to the feelings and sensations of the memory so it can be processed. With Brainspotting, we don't keep talking about the trauma over and over again. Desire more introspective therapy? We can always break out the sandbox and do some sandtray therapy.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I have, unfortunately, met some real judgey therapists and I'm always sad and mad when clients have been harmed by them. I am LGBTQ+ friendly and knowledgeable. I write letters for gender affirming surgeries. I have experience working with sex workers. I work with individuals in poly relationships. Want someone who knows about kink? Right here. And it's not an "I don't judge" mentality but rather "I support" belief system. I'm a HUGE advocate for formerly incarcerated people and have a YouTube channel dedicated to getting mental health information to that population. People with Borderline Personality Disorder? One of my most favorite groups of people to work with and the diagnosis is, unfortunately, one of the most marginalized in all of mental health. If I don't know the particulars of a marginalized group, I do the research and ask the experts. Tough topics require good self care and when not working, I get outside and enjoy nature, camping, hiking and spring hopping.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Cigna
  • Medicare
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • United Healthcare
  • Wellcare
I have experience with the following
  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Wicca/Paganism
  • Interfaith
  • Multifaith

At A Glance

  • Experience: 10 years of practice
  • Rate: $100 - 125/session

Info

8503064476 Email Michelle
1725 Mahan Drive
Suite 210
Tallahassee, FL 32308

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