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Michelle Wedig, PhD, Licensed Psychologist
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Washington with a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and my master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. Professionally, I have worked with a wide variety of people and areas of struggle, including adults and adolescents, and issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, body image concerns, suicidality, self-injury, and borderline personality disorder.
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I chose to move across the country for my undergraduate education. At Tufts University I studied developmental psychology, and how young babies process and use emotional communication. After school, I worked for two years as a research assistant doing MRI scanning of those with various anxiety disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital. I returned to graduate school at Harvard—not ready to leave Massachusetts! There I studied suicidal and self-injurious behaviors and why people engage in them and how we might better treat these behaviors. I completed my dissertation as well as a year-long internship at the Brown University Clinical Psychology Consortium in Providence, RI. Finally, I completed a post-doctoral fellowship in borderline personality disorder at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA.
After 14 years in Massachusetts I decided it was time to return to the West Coast and I wanted to increase the variety of my clinical experience. So I moved to the Seattle area to work for Center For Discovery, serving as the program director of their 6-bed residential treatment facility for adult women with eating disorders in Bellevue, WA. I worked there for two and a half years, becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) during that time, from the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP).
Having grown up in the city, I was not afforded the opportunity to do much riding of horses, but horses have always been something I am passionate about. As an adult I have returned to my love of animals, riding regularly, as well as receiving a certification in equine assisted psychotherapy, as a way to blend my two passions.
I am fundamentally trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This means exploring how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are intertwined and using changes in one of these to impact another. I also use many of the skills from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
I believe that while talking about struggles can be effective, very little can be accomplished if changes in one’s life are not made. Thus, I promote action and often provide suggestions of things that can be done outside of sessions in order to cement the skills being worked on in the session.
For more in-depth information about my practice, please visit my website: www.essentialstridescounseling.com