Michelle Hemken, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Life is a puzzle we are working to complete without knowing what the final picture will look like. This process comes with excitement, fear, joy, overwhelm, surprise, and disappointment. With each moment, we learn and grow, using our experiences as a guide to where we will place the next piece. In my office, I support people from all walks of life as they decide how to arrange their puzzle. Together we can address life changes, such as growing up, dating/marriage, births, moves, retirement, and everything between or beyond. We can also work to alleviate symptoms from mental health challenges, such as depression, anxiety, and trauma.
I believe in a collaborative approach to therapy with clients actively involved in their treatment planning process. I work within a systemic perspective and offer support through multiple approaches, including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), structural family therapy, narrative therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Additionally, I am a certified PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator.
Within Family Service Madison, I work with children/teens, adults, couples, and families. I also facilitate the Parenting Paths group. My past experiences include working in an in-home setting, youth day treatment, and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
I am an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist as well as kink and poly friendly. I welcome individuals to bring their culture, beliefs, and backgrounds into my office and recognize these as the connections from which we are molded.
My master's degree is in Marriage and Family Therapy from Edgewood College. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist within the state of Wisconsin. I also hold an undergraduate degree in Psychology and German from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Moving forward in my career, I hope to continue specializing in sexuality education and therapy by becoming an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist.
Pronouns: she, her, hers