Therapist Spotlight: Michelle Duda, LPC, CADC

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Michelle Duda is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). She has extensive experience working with adults of diverse backgrounds with a variety of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, grief/loss, substance abuse, abuse/trauma, life transitions, and stress management. Read her full bio here.

Michelle works from our River West office. To schedule an appointment with her, please contact our intake department.

What self-care techniques or activities do you do?

I believe strongly in the mind-body connection and taking care of myself holistically so exercise, nutrition, and mindfulness are big ones for me. I love music, a good cup of coffee, and spending time with my loved ones – especially my dog!

What made you become a therapist?

I feel that the profession found me in a way. While in my first year of college, I happened to sign up for a Psychology course and became fascinated with how much of it I could apply to my own life. That was when I made the decision to pursue becoming a therapist. I have found that working with so many individuals from different walks of life has allowed me to grow and learn. I feel so much gratitude to be a part of my client’s journeys through life.

What are your specialties?

I have had extensive experience working with diverse populations with substance abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, relationship concerns, life transitions, and stress management.

Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?

It has all been related – In addition to doing therapy with UB, I have worked in community-based non-profit organizations.

Why do you believe that counseling can help?

The relationship you can have with a therapist is so unique. Therapy is truly a safe space- meaning you can share literally anything and everything without fear of judgment. The value of having that space can be so important. Therapists can support you, gently challenge you, remind you of your strengths, and comfort you. I’ve personally experience the benefits of counseling and have witnessed it in so many of my clients as well.

Why is it important to seek counseling?

Life is challenging on a good day. I think counseling can be particularly helpful to gain insight into difficult situations and learn new skills to cope effectively. I also feel that counseling is an excellent place to be reminded of the importance of the present moment and regain your sense of control in navigating through life.