WHAT I DO
Therapize, Psychoanalyze, Write, Snap Pics
As Jung said, the privilege of a life time is to become who we truly are, are you being your authentic self?
Writing is my passion. I've authored two books, and continue to freelance as a journalist.
On my travels, I'm always looking for the photo that tells a story.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #90280
What to expect
Finding a counselor can be challenging, my approach is collaborative, down to earth, and honest. I currently work with kids, teens & families who have experienced trauma, grief, loss and child abuse. As well as couples who are struggling with communication in their relationships, and individual women who are working towards finding a balance in life from the many pressures modern women experience.
Our collaborative goal is to help you gain the internal clarity you need to live your best life. I believe we each have undiscovered (and sometimes discovered!) elements within ourselves that contribute to difficulties in our relationships with our loved ones, at work, and even with perfect strangers. Together, we can work towards mindfulness, alleviating stress and anxiety to work towards finding happiness and contentment.
Through my experiences as a volunteer in trauma centers as a Pet Assisted Therapist, and as an EAGALA certified therapist, I have witnessed the amazing way that animals have an innate ability to heal. I offer clients Equine & Pet Assisted Therapy, Art in Therapy groups and Love & Logic parenting & educator classes.
The Equine Experience
I am the Co-Facilitator of "The Equine Experience," a ground-breaking experiential approach to growth and learning using horses as a catalyst for change. Each session is facilitated by a dynamic team (the horses, an equine specialist, and a psychotherapist).
Our programs use the EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) model, code of ethics and safety techniques. Our model allows the clients to gain their own insight and conclusions from working directly with the horses. Our experiential activities allow client's the opportunity to overcome fears, anxiety, depression, addictions, process emotional traumas, and learn invaluable life skills which will transcend all areas of life.
The Equine Experience at HartSong Ranch is also excellent for team & morale building within companies and sales organizations as activities with horses can serve as metaphors for leadership, communication and decision-making .
I offer clients sessions in two serene and comfortable private practice locations within minutes of Highways 80 & 50. Each office features a highly experienced team of holistic practitioners- chiropractors, acupuncturists, psychologists and psychotherapists- which allow clients to enjoy a multi-experiential approach to therapy. When you arrive for your scheduled session you'll enjoy a confidential lobby area with soothing music, magazines, tea and water.
Available in paperback, Kindle & at Audible
Award Winning Memoir
Third Place Books Review
"Teetering on Disaster is a funny and poignant autobiographical novel, which tells how she fought for her American Dream through the Sierra Nevada's and beyond."
Laura Delaney of Rediscovered Book Shop in Boise, ID says "Michaela Renee is friendly, personable and all around lovely."
Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos, Author of Silent Sorority included it in her Amazon Listmania as one of the "eclectic mix of memoirs that take a look into the unpredictable and absurd ways of life written by women with a sense of humor."
4.5 Stars On Amazon
San Francisco Book Review
"Sarcastic and witty, 29-year-old Alex Swanson planned to be a serious journalist until her stepping-stone-into-the-business talk radio position became a path to nowhere. Now the Suits in charge are offering up her dream job on a platter-if only she'll help them out with one little project: an endorsement deal for CreateADate's online dating service. All they're asking is for her to broadcast her personal life for listeners' entertainment. Never mind that she lives with her grandparents and hasn't been on a date since high school prom. Still, Alex finds a way to put her own spin on the assignment and enlists the help of her conspiracy-theorist Grampa and reality-television-loving grandma Moe as she tries to figure out the dating world. Along the way, she must evaluate her objectives in life and love and finally face demons she'd thought long buried. Alex's self-effacing wit paired with Moe's flamboyant enthusiasm makes for an entertaining story as Alex wades through her tragic past."
Who I Am
Psychotherapist, PhotoJournalist, Author, Mommy, Wife of an Ocean Angler
Award winning author, licensed psychotherapist and freelance news journalist, who writes for the oldest newspaper in California- the Georgetown Gazette & Mountain Democrat. Bachelor's of Arts in Journalism Communications, and a Master's of Arts in Psychology.
the real me
Down to Earth, honest & full of laughter. I live in Northern California with my husband, our son, Tucker, four chickens; two dogs; a retired racing Greyhound (Rio), and a Golden Retriever (Dennis), and a rescue cat named Moonshine Stilly.
I draw inspiration from my hometown in the Sierra Nevada's and have a passion for traveling around the world (16 countries & counting). I have a great love of the ocean and everything in it, especially crab with a side of drawn butter. I rarely finds herself without an activity whether it be hiking, yoga, tinkering in her garden, golfing, reading or spending time with horses. In my most simplest I love poetic quotes and all things metaphysical.