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Michelle Richards, LGSW

I am accepting new clients and available for scheduling virtual or in person sessions

Please email us at to set up a free consultation with me. 

Offering individual, couples and group therapy 

I help people heal from trauma, anxiety, depression, and relational and familial conflict.  I believe that everyone is innately wired for growth and healing, and my focus is to help people cultivate and nurture this capability by creating a collaborative, affirming, and anti-oppressive partnership that honors each person’s unique identity, journey, and lived experiences. 

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I stand shoulder to shoulder with my clients for every step of their unique healing journey, harnessing the power of deep listening and empathy, the mind-body connection, and experiential work to meet them where they are and move forward together in the ways that feel most helpful.  I am a Level I therapist in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), an attachment-based model that seeks to undo the experience of unbearable aloneness that often accompanies trauma.  In sessions, I focus on working compassionately and experientially: compassionately because it creates a safe and nurturing space that catalyzes healing; and experientially so that clients not only talk through their challenges, but actually experiment - in session, together with me - with new ways of relating to themselves and others.

Clinical Experience

Prior to joining Our Collective, I worked at The Family Center in Northern Virginia and at The Catholic University of America Counseling Center in DC.  My focus in both roles was to help people heal from the many symptoms of trauma: anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, self-loathing, self-harming behaviors, disordered eating, and relational and familial conflict.  I also worked in the Emergency Department of Sibley Memorial Hospital, where I supported and advocated for patients in crisis and their families.  In addition to being a therapist, I am an executive coach and former lawyer who has helped hundreds of other lawyers develop more purpose and meaning in their personal and professional lives. I received my MSW from The Catholic University of America, my JD from The George Washington University Law School, and my BA from Fordham University. I am a PCC-level coach certified through ICF and a proud (very!) early retiree from the bars of DC and Florida.

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More about me....

I’m a first generation American, college graduate, and professional.  I grew up in a suburb of New York City, and still identify as a New Yorker, even though I have lived in DC longer than anywhere else.  My favorite things are my family, my friends, and almost all people; my cats (we have 3 black ones); being in the woods or near rivers, lakes, or oceans; fiction (especially sci-fi and fantasy); going to new places; meditation; and ice cream.

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