Michele Hart, LPCC

Anxiety OCD CBT San Jose Therapy Counseling Palo Alto

  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Depression & Stress
  • Ages: Children 5+,Teens, Adults & Family Therapy

Special Interests

  • Parenting
  • Mindfulness

Experience 4+ Years

Michele’s intention is to help from a place of kindness, compassion, and empathy, this provides a welcoming place to accomplish goals and improve mental health. For the last several years, Michele has worked as a school-based counselor supporting students with mental health concerns. Previous work at an adult day-treatment program provided Michele the opportunity to support clients with life’s challenges and suffering. She is devoted to using effective and evidence-based therapy techniques, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and play therapies. Michele has experience and interest in working with children through adults who are struggling with anxiety, panic, depression, self-harm, body image problems, and eating concerns. Dedicated to staying on top of the latest therapy techniques, she continually pursues training that allows her to provide the highest level of care.

After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in California and pursuing other career options, Michele moved to Massachusetts to follow her longstanding desire to become a mental health counselor. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Holistic Studies from Lesley University in Cambridge. Although she adored living in New England, she returned to California to once again be close to family. Michele enjoys a daily meditation practice as well as hiking, beachcombing, and relaxing with family and friends.

What is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)?

Professional counselor education and training standards for licensure are on par with marriage and family therapists and clinical social workers, the other two master’s level mental health providers in the state. Requirements for California’s Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) include:

  • Possession of a 60-unit master’s or doctoral degree in counseling, or a closely related degree, from a regionally
    accredited or “approved” institution of higher education that includes certain core content areas
  • Completion of a minimum of 3,000 hours of post-master’s supervised clinical experience, performed over two years, and continuing education hours for renewal
  • Passage of the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) and a California Law & Ethics Exam
  • Adherence to a strict Code of Ethics and recognized standards of practice, as regulated by California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences

How can a LPCC help me?

Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, LMFTs, LPCC’s help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LPCC’s use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.