Michelle Hossinei, LMFT, LCAS, received her degree from Appalachian State University in 2012. During her time there she focused on marriage and family therapy and addiction studies. After completing her internship at a local non-profit mental health/substance use facility she was offered a full time job as an outpatient therapist at that location. Given the nature of agency work, Michelle gained experience in conducting assessments and providing therapy to individuals, couples, and families with disorders ranging from depression to schizophrenia. In this role, Michelle also created a twelve week group focused on teaching parenting skills, sobriety, relapse prevention, and life skills to parents temporarily separated from their children by the Department of Social Services. At this time she also assisted DSS with training classes for foster parents focused on understanding addiction and how to support children with parents who are addicts.
She was then promoted to Intensive In Home Team Lead as the Masters level clinician. In this role Michelle worked with juvenile justice, child protective services, schools, and families in order to create healthier family dynamics. She then moved to Jacksonville, NC to work at the Naval Medical Center of Camp LeJeune. There she worked with active service members, coordinated care and needs with psychiatrists, linking members to appropriate groups, and communicating needs to Commands. Michelle also curated a 12 week Dialectical Behavioral Informed women’s group to help with mood stabilization and reduction of emotional reactivity.
Michelle utilizes an integrated family systems approach with Rogerian theories applied, meaning that she allows the individual seeking services to guide their journey and supports them along the way. She is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Michelle now lives in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina where she works at a private practice. This work entails seeing individuals, couples, and families treating a variety of mental health and substance use issues. Michelle also spends her time providing therapy to individuals incarcerated at the Dare County Detention Center. In this role she often works with Recovery Court linking individuals to rehabilitation treatment as well as continuation of care following release from jail.
When Michelle isn’t working, she is spending time with her partner fishing, gardening, and her animals- Ryder (golden retriever) and Harry and Lloyd (extra large tabbies). She enjoys searching for sea glass and crafting with beach finds.