Experiential Healing Team
M.A., LPC/MHSP-S, Level 2 PACT, CSTP, CSAT-S, CSP-S, NCC.
Michelle has over 30 years' experience in the mental health field. She is a Level 2 PACT Therapist (A Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy), a Certified Somatic Transformation Practitioner, A Certified Sexual Addicton Therapist and is The co-founder of SomEx a somatic experiential modality for treating trauma and addiction.
Her areas of specialty are attachment/relational issues, addictions, trauma, sexuality and chronic health issues.
She holds a Masters Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling from University of Louisiana at Monroe..
Michelle has trained with top educators in the field, including Dan Seigal, Alan Schore, Sharon Stanley, Patrick Carnes, Claudia Black, and Tian Dayton. She is a the co-founder of the Experiential Healing Center in
Memphis TN. She is also the co-creator of SomEx(sm) : A Somatic Experiential intervention to treat trauma and addiction, and is on the certification board for SomEx(sm). Michelle is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Supervisor, a trained Experiential Therapist, and certified in EMDR. She completed a two-year fellowship with Sharon Stanley in Somatic Transformation and is an expert in the interpersonal neurobiology behind attachment trauma.
She has been an educator and professor, as well as worked with First Responders in traumatic incidents. Some of Michelle's professional organizations include the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, The American Counseling Association, International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, and The Tennessee Counseling Association.
PhD, MS, NCC, LPC-MHSP
Shelly holds a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, both from the University of Memphis. She works with adolescents and adults with a focus on trauma, depression, addiction, and attachment ruptures, among other things.
Some of Shelly’s professional interests include the healing aspects of the human-animal bond, the impact of ACE/developmental trauma, and forensic counseling, She is certified in animal-assisted therapy and is a certified SomEx(sm) practitioner and supervisor. Shelly has years of experience with the Seeking safety program, trauma-informed care, neurobiological healing modalities, and crisis intervention.
BA, BSN, RN, MS
KC holds a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Bachelor of Art in Psychology; all from the University of Memphis. KC is a licensed Registered Nurse, bringing more than 22 years of experience in behavioral health and ER Trauma Centers to her practice. She has been the Director of Nursing at a residential eating disorder facility and the Admissions Nurse for several residential, dual diagnosis facilities in Memphis.
KC is passionate about working with medical trauma from an experiential and somatic standpoint. She is a level two SomEx(sm) practitioner and supervisor and is currently working with SomEx(sm) creators to design a medical model for health care professionals. She hopes to facilitate change within the health care system by teaching self-regulation, greater internal awareness, and crisis de-escalation techniques to health care professionals.
She has experience with medical trauma, addiction, co-dependency, eating disorders, impaired health care professionals, and sexual abuse. KC works with individuals, couples, and families.
Lee A. Forbes-Belue
MS, Eds, LPC-MHSP temp, NCC
Lee brings a safe and calming presence to the therapy office as she combines psychology and spirituality to provide a unique approach to healing. Lee recognizes that adaptations made early on in your life (necessary for survival) often end up impeding your ability to thrive—these maladaptive coping mechanisms manifest as anxiety, depression, addiction, relational issues, and more.
Lee regards the readiness to heal as a siren from your soul—summoning you back to your core, back to your truth, back to who you were before you learned you were not enough.
Trauma lives in our bodies, and as such, Lee employs a “bottom up” approach, drawing from experiential and somatic methods to engage the body as an active participant in the healing process.
Lee holds an education specialist degree, as well as a masters degree in clinical mental health. Whether your journey has just begun, or you are well on your way, Lee looks forward to collaborating with you in this tough, but rewarding endeavor.
Maggie K Herman
Hello! My name is Maggie, and I provide psychotherapy to support teens and adults in establishing and maintaining the lives they desire. I am passionate about supporting clients in understanding, expressing, and regulating emotions, decreasing unwanted relational patterns and behaviors, increasing sustainable coping strategies, maintaining personal boundaries, and building foundational attachments within themselves and with others.
As a therapist, my role is to provide safety for clients to explore aspects of their past and present experiences, while also keeping focus on their future hopes and goals. This balance can be difficult to do on our own! In sessions with individuals, couples, and families, I work to support clients in experiencing an environment where kindness, curiosity, and collaboration, instead of shame and criticism, can be practiced as motivators to heal and grow.
By intentionally exploring the roots of how we think, feel, and act, we can heal and appropriately develop wounded, or lost, parts of ourselves. The greater our connection to self, the more insight we gain in taking steps towards engaging our life in ways that are congruent, purpose-filled, and choiceful. We each have the opportunity to feel at home in the skin we are in, to feel okay even when life is not okay, and to have a deep sense of belonging and mattering in the life we live daily.
Through my own therapeutic/recovery work, as well as witnessing that of others, I know there is overwhelming joy and healing when we are vulnerable in the context of authentic community and trusting in our Higher Power. I believe that therapy is a very important aspect of healing, and it is only a piece of the puzzle. Clients are always encouraged to expand their interpersonal resources outside of therapy whether that be through faith communities focused on recovery, twelve-step fellowships, group therapy, book studies, training, community and educational classes, and therapeutic intensives.
As a therapist, I use the Somex approach along with other therapeutic techniques. Somex is a combination of somatic (the body) and experiential therapy used to incorporate awareness of one's bodily sensations along with new emotional learning experiences to help strengthen and rewire the neural networks in the body. I also have extensive experience in teaching and practicing the mindfulness and coping skills utilized in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
I look forward to the opportunity of coming alongside you in your therapeutic journey!