Now seeing clients in person and via tele-health

Michelle Costello, LPCMH

Calm Sea

Bio

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Here is a bit about myself and practice for you to determine if you think we would be a good fit!

I use evidence based practices and follow up to date science about trauma informed research and our brains (which I love learning about)! I see our "attachments," or our social connections and relationships as an integral role in who we are, and how we manage our stress.  It warms my heart to hear and see my clients describe feeling more connected to themselves and others through our work. Mindfulness is also a large part of the work I enjoy doing with my clients. I love when my clients find abilities within themselves to calm their body and mind in ways that they may have never accessed before.

A few common issues that clients may present to me are: discomfort with slowing down, feeling overwhelmed with every day life but struggling to know how to make it feel easier, taking care of others and leaving themselves last, wanting to be more connected to their partner or child(ren), and expressing life as an uphill battle, but unsure of how to change. I enjoy working with adults and families who have a genuine desire to change, and are open to make some deeper connections and insights.
 

If you are a client of mine you should expect to explore your relationship patterns. We will explore ways to understand, regulate and connect your mind and body, and possibly address some breathing or meditative exercises while we are at it! I hope that through our sessions you become more aware of your patterns, and feel more connected to yourself and loved ones.

 
 

I do not take most insurances so that we can have more flexibility in our work together. I can provide documents for you to submit to your insurance out-of-network benefits, but I cannot guarantee reimbursement from your insurance.

 

Family Therapy

In working with children, parents should to plan to attend sessions with your child and plan for some sessions with just caregivers/parents to find the best way to support you and your child. Teens tend to prefer more individual sessions, however please plan to be present for some family work as well.  We can work together to come up with the best plan to support your family.

Individual Therapy

I like to understand your background to get a clear idea of how you communicate, connect in relationships, and work through conflicts and life stressors.This will best help me to determine how to support you in planning treatment. I enjoy using breath work and mindfulness in conjunction with traditional talk and creative therapies. This is at your pace!

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Couples Therapy

Whether it is life transitions, or you are looking to work through communication patterns and dynamics that may not be suiting you and your partner, most sessions will be joint to address communication surrounding each persons needs. Occasionally it may be helpful to refer to an individual therapist as well. My ideal client would be a couple committed to the partnership and willing to work on their relationship individually and collectively.

 

*Please note I do not take insurance for couples therapy*

Co-caregiver sessions

If you are struggling to meet eye to eye on parenting, or it is just difficult to follow through with some parenting techniques with daily life, we can address patterns that may be getting in the way and build upon your strengths and new skills to best support you and your child/children. Sometimes this can be focused on psycho-education as well.

(Please note I do not do custody related sessions.)

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Contact Michelle


NOW OFFERING: In person and tele-health services

Office: 284 East Main Street, Newark DE 19711

Must be in Delaware for all virtual sessions

Office hours:

Mondays: By appointment only

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9am-3pm

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