Michelle Seely, M.F.T., and certified gestalt therapist, has a private practice in Burbank where she works with teens and their parents, individuals, and couples. Initially it was her interest in Buddhist Psychology and mindfulness practices that led her study relational gestalt, and she continues to explore how these disciplines overlap and inform each other. Michelle is on the core faculty of the Pacific Gestalt Institute. She teaches Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) classes with CompassionLA and InsightLA. Michelle has been working with and teaching about the ways that trauma and shame are linked and how suffering can be reduced and resilience increased using a combination of mindfulness and compassion practices, relational Gestalt theory and practice, and EMDR. She is a past-president of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (GTILA) and currently serves on the GTILA executive board. She worked part time for 9 years at a K-8 school teaching Human Development to 4th-8th graders, leading parent education/support groups, and working with staff to support children’s psychological and intellectual well being. Current training interests include Rosen Method Body Work and Attachment Focused EMDR.
My approach is eclectic, and tailored to each person’s needs. I help people explore the feelings and patterns in their past and present experience, the images and metaphors that arise in waking or sleeping using a variety of methods acquired from my studies and training in psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive behavioral, and existential theories. I have extensive training and experience in Jungian theory, depth psychology, relational Gestalt, Buddhist Psychology, and the creative use of journaling, sandtray, and art therapy techniques.
My practice serves adults and adolescents who want to feel greater energy and joy for living, who want to improve their relationships, and who want help dealing with or exploring their hopes, dreams, and fears.