Michelle Kalnasy Powell
I believe that the most basic and powerful tool we have as humans are our relationships. As a result, they can be both hurtful and incredibly healing. My work with clients focuses on identifying their authentic self and empowering them to use that authenticity to create sustainable, trusting, and growth-fostering relationships.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with 9 years of experience working with individuals and relationships/couples. I work from a feminist-relational approach and believe my clients are the experts in their own lives. As a result of many life experiences, we often find ourselves caught in patterns that once worked very well for us, but over time, may get in our way. I support my clients in identifying and exploring these patterns and making changes that fit who they are today. I also create space for clients to explore how systems of oppression and societal messaging impact their daily lives and how they can feel more empowered. I strive to create a warm, collaborative environment where my clients feel heard, understood, and safe.
I have a passion for relationship/couple therapy, providing LGBQ+ and trans-affirming care, cultural concerns, and women's issues. My interest areas also include sexual concerns, daily life struggles, life transitions, goal achievement, substance use, and the intersection of trauma with all of the above.
My background includes work in private practice, community mental health agencies, and college counseling centers. I worked as a training director and supervisor in a private practice and I continue to volunteer with the Chicago Women's Health Center. I am also an adjunct faculty, supporting the growth and development of future clinicians.