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I'm Michelle! (she/her/hers)
You have taken a                first step to seek help. Together we can reveal the answers already within you.


“We don't have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.”

- Brené Brown
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People who Michelle L Bakalarski serves as a pyschotherapist in santa cruz california


I provide counseling services to individuals, couples, families, teens, and pre-teens. My therapy attunes to you, your experience, culture, developmental life stage, and goals. EMDR available to my counseling clients.

client info

My office is located in beautiful Santa Cruz, CA. On a client by client basis, I also offer telehealth sessions to California residents. My collaborative and holistic approach brings harmony to your mind, body, and soul.


about me

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) License #134798
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC) License #12257

Helping you is my passion. After years of working in a grueling business career and then as a stay-at-home mother, I uprooted my life to become a therapist.

EMDR Trained   |  Certified Trauma Professional

Supervised by David Powers, CA LMFT 110906, LPCC 7534

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Michelle L Bakalarski reading a book near her therapy office in Santa Cruz california


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