About Michaela

Hello! My name is Michaela.

I like walking outside barefoot, cooking veggies with lots of olive oil and laughing at myself. When I am not working, I enjoy playing outdoors with my husband and three kids, listening to Buddhist podcasts, and consuming historical fiction (on the page and screen).

I understand therapy as a loving container to voice our innermost thoughts, feelings and experiences and the therapeutic relationship as a powerful agent of change. My background in family therapy helps to support individuals and couples seeking to make change in their lives. I feel privileged to work with parents of young children who wish to lean into their roles as both compassionate caregivers and boundary spanners. Between the parenting intention to share a kind correction and the real time behavior of a critical or triggered reaction, there is often traumatic material. Sometimes, individuals who are parenting have worked tirelessly to shed the programming of their childhood or culture but are stirred in a new way by parenting. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Therapy can help with that.

I am also passionate about holding space for twentysomethings setting out to align their young adult life and decisions with their values and goals for the future. Many of us launch from a nest with the implicit, structured support of a family home or a college campus. Frequently, we struggle when those scaffolds fall away. EMDR therapy offers structured support so that you can realize your vision of the future.

I am a Licensed Social Worker with a Masters of Social Service in Clinical Social Work from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. I combine my EMDR training with eleven years of clinical experience in birth, family systems, educational and health care settings to offer trauma integrated, culturally competent, compassionate care.

Michaela McDonald

EMDR and couples therapist