Providing therapy for Evanston adolescents and adults.
“I have always been curious about all things related to psychology and the complex ways we as humans adapt to life and our experiences. Bringing this curiosity into the therapeutic relationship, I partner with my clients to explore the ways their presenting concerns are impacting their lives as we develop goals together. I believe that building a strong therapeutic relationship is essential for our work and creating healthy connections with others is vital in the recovery process. I aim to balance compassion and humor with feedback in my approach as we work towards goals.
“My goal is to assist clients in finding their way to change and being present in a life where they are more able to connect with their values. I work from an integrative framework including a relational, strength-based collaborative approach that builds upon evidence-based practices such as Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO-DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). I also remain curious about learning—learning about my clients, new treatments, techniques and the research. Most recently, I have been learning about Somatic Experiencing (SE) and incorporating this into my work with interested individuals.”
Full spectrum of eating disorders, disordered eating and body image concerns, including family therapy for eating disorders. Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO-DBT), Somatic Experiencing Therapy, perfectionism, anxiety and mood disorders, non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), and trauma. Relationship issues, life transitions and undergraduate/graduate school mental health, and stress management.
Michelle Gebhardt, Psy.D., CEDS-S, (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Clinical Director of Mindful Psychology Associates. She has extensive knowledge and training in the treatment of individuals struggling with eating disorders, non-suicidal self-injury, and co-occurring conditions. Dr. Michelle is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Approved Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP). She has treated individuals of all gender identities across the lifespan in individual, group and family therapy.
She is a member of PSYPACT and therefore can work with telehealth therapy clients who live in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.
Prior to joining Mindful Psychology Associates, Dr. Michelle has enjoyed her career over the last 15 years in several leadership and supervisory roles. She has been engaged in program development and management within all levels of care including holding director-level positions within eating disorder interdisciplinary treatment teams at the residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care for a large behavioral health center in Chicago. In addition, she was integral in assisting with the development and coordination of an inpatient eating disorder and non-suicidal self-injury program of a behavioral health hospital in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs.
Dr. Michelle is the founding and former President of the Heartland IAEDP Chapter which was created to increase awareness of eating disorder treatment and offer continuing education, networking, and support for professionals of all disciplines, orientation, and levels of experience treating those suffering from eating disorders throughout the Midwest. She is also dedicated to supporting the next generation of therapists and psychologists by providing ongoing supervision, training, and education about eating disorders and various topics.
Dr. Michelle holds membership in IAEDP, the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS), and the American Psychological Association. She co-authored Self-Injury: Simple Answers to Complex Questions, additional articles on non-suicidal self-injury and eating disorders, and has spoken at various international, national and local conferences on the topics of eating disorders, non-suicidal self-injury and co-occurring conditions.
Dr. Michelle sees patients Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.