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hi there

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

individual therapy

Feeling stuck or struggling to make the therapeutic progress you desire? Find lasting change with my unique integrative approach. Combining EMDR and Somatic IFS, my trauma-informed therapy offers deep, lasting healing for your mind, body, and soul. Begin your transformative journey towards well-being & self-discovery. 

couples therapy

Ready to deepen your emotional connection, increase intimacy, stop the blame and hostility cycle, rebuild trust after infidelity, redefine boundaries, improve communication, or navigate life transitions? My specialized approach, using leading couples therapy modalities, can help you transform your relationship.

Start your journey toward lasting love and harmony now.


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 demanding business career and then dedicating my time as a stay-at-home mother, I realized my true calling was in helping others. I uprooted my life to become a therapist, bringing my diverse life experiences and deep empathy to my practice. Now, I am committed to guiding you on your journey toward healing and self-discovery. Together, we can work towards the transformative change you seek.

EMDR Trained   |  Certified Trauma Professional

Supervised by David Powers, CA LMFT 110906, LPCC 7534

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My office is located in Santa Cruz, CA. I also offer telehealth sessions to California residents. Learn more about the logistics of getting started and what to expect in your first session.

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I look forward to hearing from you.

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