Counselor / Therapist

Kara Michelin, LAC

Kara Michelin, LAC photo
Licensed Associate Counselor
Portrait Health Centers are multi-specialty clinics that employ the most cutting-edge and proven assessment protocols and treatment options available, believing that an Effective Treatment Depends On An Accurate Diagnosis. Individuals should not have to “play doctor” by researching available treatments and then self-selecting which of these treatments has been scientifically validated and would be most appropriate for themselves or their family. At Portrait Health Centers, we provide a comprehensive and multi-specialty assessment to determine the underlying causes of your symptoms and incorporate an appropriate treatment plan.
Specialties: Academic Underachievement, ADHD, Addiction, Adoption, Alcohol Abuse, Anger Management, Alzheimer’s, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Cancer, Career Counseling, Child or Adolescent, Chronic Pain, Codependency, Coping Skills, Depression, Developmental Disorders, Divorce, Eating Disorders, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Grief & Loss, HIV/AIDS, Impulsivity, LGBTQ, Mindfulness, Men’s Issues, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), Oppositional Defiance, Peer Relationships, Personality Disorders, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Self-Harm, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma & PTSD, Women’s Issues

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” –Carl Jung

The decision to seek therapy is a courageous choice. My intention is to provide you with a safe and open-minded space to explore any challenges you may be facing towards your wellbeing. Specific treatment techniques I utilize are CBT, DBT, Family Systems Therapy, Play Therapy, and Positive Psychology exercises. Mental health is not a destination but a process, and I am here to walk beside you.

I am a graduate of Rutgers University and have my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. My background is in cognitive neuroscience combined with psychotherapy. I have worked with clients of diverse ages and backgrounds in individual, group, and family settings. I have specialized in counseling individuals who have been incarcerated as well as individuals and families navigating a life-changing illness (e.g., dementia, cancer, HIV/AIDS). I additionally work with those at the end of their lives, with a focus on grief and bereavement.

When I’m not wearing my counselor’s hat, you can find me trying new recipes in the kitchen or practicing ballet/modern dance. I unapologetically sing in my car and may ask you to give it a try, too.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Educational Therapy  Online / Phone / Skype Therapy
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  EMDR Therapy  Pet Therapy
 Adolescents  Family Conflict  Play Therapy
 Adoption  Gay or Lesbian Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Anger Management  Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Premarital Counseling
 Anxiety and Panic  Gifted / Talented Issues  Problem Gambling
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)  Grief and Loss  Psychoanalysis
 Asperger's Syndrome  Group Therapy  Psychological Evaluation / Testing
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Herpes and STD Counseling  Psychopharmacology
 Bicultural Difficulties  Hypnotherapy  Relationship Issues
 Body Image Issues  Learning Disabilities  Religious Counseling
 Caregiver Issues  Life and Wellness Coaching  Self Esteem Issues
 Children's Counseling  Life Transitions  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Chronic Illness  Loneliness  Sexual Dysfunction
 Couples Therapy  Marriage & Family Therapy  Stress Management
 Depression  Marriage Counseling  Trauma and PTSD
 Divorce  Men's Issues  Women's Issues
 Domestic Violence  Neuropsychological Evaluation / Testing  Work and Career Issues
 Eating Disorders  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Licensed Mental Health Counselor (State)
Payments Accepted
Cash, check, type of insurance, credit cards.
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117 State Route 35
Suite 2
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