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Michelle L. Ramirez-Winget

Staff Therapist

Credentials
  • Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor
  • Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • National Certified Counselor
Practice Locations
  • Waco: Baylor Scott & White Professional Building
Life Stages
  • Adolescents, 13-17 years
  • College, Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Seniors, 65+ years
  • Couples
  • Families
Areas of Focus
  • Boundaries
  • Depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy)
  • Identity and self-image
  • Sexual abuse, childhood sexual abuse
  • Substance abuse/addiction
  • Trauma
Education
  • Bachelor of Art in Psychology, The University of Texas at Brownsville
  • Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance, The University of Texas at Brownsville

Philosophy

Taking the first step to seek counseling can be a daunting experience. Rather than viewing the process as courageous, it is easy to become overwhelmed by uncertainties regarding the process, relationship, and fears of being misunderstood.

My view of counseling is simple, and based upon three core principles: authenticity, (being true to oneself), honesty, and growth.

A foundation of truth is solidified by meeting my clients where they are in their journey. This is accomplished by providing a nonjudgmental ear, and a supportive, safe presence. My goal is for my clients to feel heard as well as empowered by the knowledge and skills to recognize their worth and embody change.

We may not be able to change the things that have happened to us, but we can certainly grow and heal from them. I view this process as sacred, and consider it an honor to be invited to accompany others on their journey.

Michelle has served as an advocate for mental health awareness, appropriate treatment, and de-stigmatization efforts for over 10 years. Her passion for client rights and beneficence is exhibited on a daily basis in her work with others. Michelle has experience working with inpatient, residential, educational, and outpatient settings with various populations and age groups. In addition to individual sessions, she has provided educational and therapeutic process groups, family counseling, couples counseling, and supervision. Through her work within residential mental health and substance treatment centers, she developed a more trauma informed approach by becoming an EMDRIA level II trained EMDR clinician. Michelle utilizes a widely eclectic approach in her work with others, but leans heavily on an existential model of treatment and support.

In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her close friends and family, as well as visiting her hometown in South Texas. She can most often be found thrifting, at music events and involved with anything regarding animals. She is passionate about music and humor, incorporating this in her daily life and therapy whenever appropriate.

Additional areas of focus:
Anger management
Boundaries
Bullying
Chronic pain
Codependency
Coping with divorce, blended families
Depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts
Domestic violence recovery
Eating disorders/body image
Faith and spirituality
Family therapy
Gambling
Grief and loss
Group therapy
Guilt and shame
Identity and self-image
Infertility, miscarriage
LGBTQ+
Life changes/transitions
Marriage, couples
Men’s issues
Parenting
Pre-engagement, pre-married
Relationship issues
School-related issues
Screen/internet addiction
Sexual abuse, childhood sexual abuse
Social skills
Stress management
Substance abuse/addiction
Trauma
Women's issues, young women

Certifications

  • EMDRIA Level II Trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) Therapist
  • National Certified Counselor