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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Central Pennsylvania. My focus is to help individuals meet their highest potential by creating a safe space for them to express their thoughts and feelings as well as gain insight into their current challenges. I earned a Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling and Masters of Education in Mental Health Counseling from Teacher’s College, Columbia University as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University.

I am also bilingual in Spanish, which allows me to serve a wider range of individuals effectively.

In practice since 2008, I have extensive experience working with rural and urban populations as well as clients of all ages. I specialize in work with children, teens, and young adults by providing individual, couples, and family counseling. I am also interested in women’s issues, particularly postpartum depression.

In my work with youth, I incorporate art and play therapy techniques so that unconscious emotions have an outlet when the person is not able to verbally express themselves. I believe many times, we are not quite sure how to express ourselves “correctly,” so our thoughts become “lost in translation” and relationships stagnate.

My philosophy is that counseling should be flexible and strive to meet you where you are- wherever that may be. At the core, I strongly believe in Humanistic principles to guide my work though I incorporate other modalities to optimally meet your counseling goals while overcoming any barriers. I also follow a Holistic approach, in which “mind-body-spirit-emotion-environment” are key elements to interpersonal growth.

The only constant in life is change- I have supported many on their journey and look forward to working with you to clear a path to the life you choose!

Feel free to reach me at info@michellekanhelp.com

You can find me on Psychology Today here.

-Michelle Kan-Braceras
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