Michelle Koerner

Mental Health Therapist MSW, RSW
Virtual & In-Person
 per hour
Michelle’s MO is not about coping - it's about healing. Although you are learning new coping skills as you are healing, her hope is that you will learn to thrive. Someone once said that going to therapy is like having someone draw back a huge stage curtain, and all of a sudden you can see new possibilities and perspectives. If that resonates with you, then you have come to the right place. Michelle provides a non-judgemental space and a supportive ear to help you to cope with whatever you are going through right now. She offers a free 15 minutes phone consultation to see if she is a good fit for you and is looking forward to helping you in your journey.
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Mental Health Concerns

Michelle specialized in trauma, specifically in domestic violence during the 5 years that she worked as a mental health therapist at Discovery House. It was there that she understood what it means to stand beside someone, witness their pain and loss, and instill hope for healing. Often, the trauma starts way back in childhood. Sometimes it's overt and recognizable. At other times, it's covert such as through emotional neglect. Michelle has been through her own share of both which is why she can identify with people who are hurting. She has also worked as a bereavement counsellor with AHS and helped to co-facilitate grief groups, where she was able to witness the transformation in grieving people simply through the connection with others who had a similar lived experience.
Trauma and PTSD Individual Therapy

Trauma & PTSD

Understand, process, and work through the difficult emotions and memories that are causing you pain after the traumatic experience in a safe and non-judgmental environment to help you recover and heal.
Stress Individual Therapy

Stress and Burnout

Learn to reduce your stress and prevent burn out by practicing mindfulness, implementing relaxation techniques, setting boundaries, doing things you enjoy and prioritizing self-care.
Self Esteem Individual Therapy

Self Esteem

Reframe your thoughts and experiences to challenge the unhelpful beliefs that harm your self-image so that you can start to feel good about yourself and live your life with confidence and self-love.

Personality Disorders

Get a better understanding of your personality disorder and learn how to better cope with the feelings and behaviours that come with it, improve relationships, and build a greater self-worth.
OCD Individual Therapy


Start identifying the triggers that lead to your unwanted and intrusive thoughts to regain control of your life by learning how to sit with those feelings, rather than compulsively acting on them.
Grief and loss Individual Therapy

Grief and Loss

Grieve your loss at your pace in a caring and supportive environment as you move through the different stages of grief and begin to take the steps to move on from your loss and heal.

Domestic Violence

Whether you are currently in an abusive relationship or have escaped one, we are here to help you receive the support and resources you need to ensure you feel confident and resilient in your new life.
Depression Individual Therapy


Identify, understand, and work through the experiences, thoughts, and feelings that are making you feel depressed and learn effective coping strategies to help you overcome them to live a happier life.


Identify and change the patterns of behaviour that make it difficult for you to make decisions, ask for help, set boundaries, be alone, or stop yourself from feeling responsible for other people’s behaviours.

Chronic Pain

Understand why you are in pain, process difficult emotions associated with it, and accept what has happened to start to take control of your own recovery process and reduce your chronic pain. Please contact us if you require therapy for chronic pain.
Childhood Trauma Individual Therapy

Childhood Trauma

If you have experienced trauma as a child, counselling can help you understand, process and heal from what has happened to you so that you can move on with confidence, strength and resilience.
Substance Abuse Individual Therapy


Addiction can be a difficult thing to overcome, but it doesn't need to be a lifelong struggle. With the right support and guidance, you can begin making changes that will help you stay sober for good.
Anger Issues Individual Therapy


Regain control in your life and learn how to control your anger by improving communication skills, expressing yourself in healthy ways, learning to relax, reframing your thoughts, and practicing gratitude.
Anxiety Disorders Individual Therapy


Identify the root cause of your anxiety, develop resilience and learn to cope with your generalized anxiety, social anxiety, performance anxiety, OCD, panic attacks or phobias so you can lead a fulfilling life.
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Counselling Approaches

Michelle trained in Basic ART in the summer of 2017 and in Advanced ART in 2019. She carries the title: Advanced ART Practitioner. It is astounding how quickly ART can work to heal traumatic memories and their triggers. One client recently commented that she felt her brain had been through the washer and reset. In other cases, she likes to work with Internal Family Systems. IFS does a profound job of getting into the nooks and crannies. Since IFS has become so popular, she has had a number of clients coming to her requesting specifically IFS treatment. Clients often experience healing from deep, childhood wounds. Michelle has been practicing IFS for the last year and took her training with Frank Anderson. However, her best learning came from going to an IFS Practitioner for her own therapy which she did regularly for 6 months. Both ART and IFS facilitate memory reconsolidation, which allows for new neural networks to be established. The memories are still there, but they lose their sting and power. She was trained in ACT Basic and ACT for Trauma in 2019 and 2020 by Psychwire, in DBT in 2018 with Jack Hirose Institute and in Core Skills of CBT with the Feeling Good Institute from Dr. David Burns in 2023. Because she specializes in trauma, she utilizes both bottom-up as well as the cognitive top-down approaches for best results, as trauma is both stored in our bodies as sensations and remains in our minds as the stories we tell ourselves.
Advanced Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
Christian Faith-based
Trauma Informed Therapy
Mindfulness Therapy
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

More About Michelle

Michelle is a native-born Calgarian and spent 23 years in Germany raising her 4 kids and working as a Naturopath. When she moved back to Canada with her family in 2008, it became clear that it was time to seek a new challenge. She went back to school for 5 years and graduated with an MSW in 2016.

She loves going out for walks with her husband and discovering new and old neighbourhoods in Calgary. What a beautiful city we live in! Otherwise, you can catch her spending time with her adult kids, gardening, reading, practising her faith and spending time in prayer, catching up with friends and family, and last but not least relaxing in cafes. She has also caught the travel bug again. She hopes to spread her wings and take in new places and experiences.
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