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Mishelle has more than 12 years of experience providing counseling in university counseling centers, community mental health settings and private practice. Mishelle approaches counseling from a relational cultural perspective, with the goal of understanding each client as a whole person, with an appreciation for their intersecting identities, relationships, roles, and the environments they are navigating. She is trained in multiple approaches that promote healing and growth by focusing on the brain-body connection, including Brainspotting and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. She integrates tools like self-compassion, shame resilience and mindfulness with other therapeutic frameworks including Dialectical Behavioral (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment (ACT).
Mishelle served two years as the president of the Metro Detroit chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists. She is the founder of The Melanin Collective, an organization that serves as an online educational resource and host of local events for Black mental health and well-being. Through The Melanin Collective she is able to utilize her passion for incorporating Black films, television shows, music and art as a tool for opening up discussions about Black mental health concerns, and bringing the Black community together to use its internal strengths and wisdom for healing and growth.
D. BUSBY, PROFESSOR AT BAYLOR COLLEGE OF
Dr. Mishelle Rodriguez is an incredibly engaging speaker and teacher. When teaching, she balances providing learners with information grounded in psychological research, while connecting this content to everyday experiences and popular culture. She has a relatable demeanor that invites participants to ask the difficult, but necessary questions. I highly recommend Dr. Rodriguez as a speaker/teacher on a range of topics specific to well-being skills and practices.
Y. JOHNSON, CEO OF NONPROFIT ENTERPRISE AT WORK
In those moments of doubt, dis-ease and self-loathing; the days when 'imposter sydrome' has overcome me, I find rest and solace in the wisdom and guidance of Dr. Mishelle. She is incredibly gifted at honing in on the truths of being Black, womxn-bodied and high-achieving, while helping us reclaim joy, self-love and healing. Her tender, authentic, unapologetically Black, empathic nature is a warm respite for us world changers. She reminds us frequently of how truly valuable (and lovable and worthy too) we truly are. I bask in her brilliance and glow.
N. BOTH, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ALUMNI
I appreciate the way in which Mishelle is able to break down concepts that seem so large into simple terms...she speaks about how in our everyday lives’ stressors are consistently running through our minds but usually one main stressor is the driver. Her statement of taking an assessment and just being present in the “right here and right now” resonated. It was a great reminder that was coupled with a breathing exercise that made the concept of taking a quick assessment of what’s going on with us mentally seem more doable.