Michelle Barron Therapist Bio Picture

Michelle Barron, LMSW

(she/her/hers)

Where she studied:

Bachelor of Science in Psychology
– Madonna University

Master of Social Work
– University of Michigan

What she does at Pietruck Therapy Services

Psychotherapist, Clinical Lead & Supervisor

Location:

Ann Arbor & Virtual

Contact:

Meet Michelle

What is your favorite place?

Traverse city or anywhere in nature

What is your favorite way to move your body?

Running outdoors

If you weren’t a mental health professional, what would you be doing?

A radio personality or a veterinarian

What is something that you’ve learned about yourself recently?

I am not the most flexible person but I am very adaptable.

What do you do for self-care/self-love?

Exercise, time spent with family and friends, enjoying the great outdoors

Other than mental health, what is something you’re passionate about?

Animals and my kids

Who is your ideal client?

Anyone who is ready for therapy, prepared to implement suggestions and invest in self care outside of session time. I feel most prepared to assist anyone, between the age of 9-70, who may be struggling with symptoms of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, eating disorders, and LGBTQIA2S+ related concerns.

Why do you like being a therapist?

I truly identify as a helper and am passionate about holding space for clients in a way that maybe they have never experienced before. I enjoy taking a passenger seat with each client as they maneuver their own journey and have gained so much from observing clients as they struggle, try again, learn that progress isn’t always linear and create a life worth living for themselves.

What is something you wish people knew about therapy?

Progress is not linear, takes time outside of the therapy session and baby steps count!

Why/how can people benefit from therapy?

Therapy will empower and encourage client’s to improve symptom management, gain insight, and challenge distorted personal narratives and thoughts.

What is something you’d like clients to know about you (or how you work)?

I prefer to use humor and empathy as I meet client’s where they are at while also encouraging realistic and manageable steps towards meeting their overall goals.

What does success in therapy look like to you?

-Improved symptom management
-Increased insight and self-awareness
-Attainable goal setting
-Realistic personal expectations
-Building resilience
-Improved self care
-Improved self-esteem
-Improved relationship/s

What are your thoughts about the “stigma” of therapy?

While some struggle to seek help due to therapy stigma and fears of perceived weakness, I personally believe there is a real strength in attending therapy and receiving help. Increased vulnerability, emotional intelligence and self-awareness appear to have such a positive impact on one’s ability to create more meaning in their lives.

Populations:

Tweens 11-12, Teens 13-19, Young Adults, Adults, Couples & Families

Treatment Modalities:

  • Behavior Counseling
  • Breathwork
  • Brief Solution-Oriented
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Therapy Behavior (CBT)
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Expressive Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Strength-Based Therapy
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Professional Specializations

  • Academic Stress
  • Adjustments
  • ADHD (Child & Adult)
  • Athletes/Former Athletes
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Body Image
  • Bullying
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Co-Occuring Disorders
  • Codependency Coping Skills
  • Cultivating Joy
  • Depression
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Empowerment-Based
  • Finding Your Truth
  • Food & Body
  • Gender Identity/Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Grief & Loss
  • Healthcare Workers
  • LGBTQIA2S+ and Questioning Folx
  • Life Transitions
  • Mindfulness
  • Mood Disorders
  • Nonbinary & Gender Non-Conforming
  • Non-Traditional Relationships
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • Open & Polyamorous Relationships
  • Other Helping Professionals and Fellow Therapists
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Personal Empowerment
  • Professionals and Entrepreneurs
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal & Postpartum
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Sexual Assault Survivors
  • Sexual harassement
  • Sexuality
  • Sleep/Insomnia
  • Social Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Supervision for LLMSW’s
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Type-A Personality
  • Women’s Health
  • Work/Life Balance
Michelle Barron, LMSW Psychotherapist

Michelle Barron, LMSW

(she/her/hers)

Where she studied:

Bachelor of Science in Psychology
– Madonna University

Master of Social Work
– University of Michigan

What she does at Pietruck Therapy Services

Psychotherapist, Clinical Lead & Supervisor

Location:

Ann Arbor & Virtual

Contact:

Meet Michelle

What is your favorite place?

Traverse city or anywhere in nature

What is your favorite way to move your body?

Running outdoors

If you weren’t a mental health professional, what would you be doing?

A radio personality or a veterinarian

What is something that you’ve learned about yourself recently?

I am not the most flexible person but I am very adaptable.

What do you do for self-care/self-love?

Exercise, time spent with family and friends, enjoying the great outdoors

Other than mental health, what is something you’re passionate about?

Animals and my kids

Who is your ideal client?

Anyone who is ready for therapy, prepared to implement suggestions and invest in self care outside of session time. I feel most prepared to assist anyone, between the age of 9-70, who may be struggling with symptoms of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, eating disorders, and LGBTQIA2S+ related concerns.

Why do you like being a therapist?

I truly identify as a helper and am passionate about holding space for clients in a way that maybe they have never experienced before. I enjoy taking a passenger seat with each client as they maneuver their own journey and have gained so much from observing clients as they struggle, try again, learn that progress isn’t always linear and create a life worth living for themselves.

What is something you wish people knew about therapy?

Progress is not linear, takes time outside of the therapy session and baby steps count!

Why/how can people benefit from therapy?

Therapy will empower and encourage client’s to improve symptom management, gain insight, and challenge distorted personal narratives and thoughts.

What is something you’d like clients to know about you (or how you work)?

I prefer to use humor and empathy as I meet client’s where they are at while also encouraging realistic and manageable steps towards meeting their overall goals.

What does success in therapy look like to you?

-Improved symptom management
-Increased insight and self-awareness
-Attainable goal setting
-Realistic personal expectations
-Building resilience
-Improved self care
-Improved self-esteem
-Improved relationship/s

What are your thoughts about the “stigma” of therapy?

While some struggle to seek help due to therapy stigma and fears of perceived weakness, I personally believe there is a real strength in attending therapy and receiving help. Increased vulnerability, emotional intelligence and self-awareness appear to have such a positive impact on one’s ability to create more meaning in their lives.

Populations:

Tweens 11-12, Teens 13-19, Young Adults, Adults, Couples & Families

Treatment Modalities:

  • Behavior Counseling
  • Breathwork
  • Brief Solution-Oriented
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Therapy Behavior (CBT)
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Expressive Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Strength-Based Therapy
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Professional Specializations

  • Academic Stress
  • Adjustments
  • ADHD (Child & Adult)
  • Athletes/Former Athletes
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Body Image
  • Bullying
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Co-Occuring Disorders
  • Codependency Coping Skills
  • Cultivating Joy
  • Depression
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Empowerment-Based
  • Finding Your Truth
  • Food & Body
  • Gender Identity/Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Grief & Loss
  • Healthcare Workers
  • LGBTQIA2S+ and Questioning Folx
  • Life Transitions
  • Mindfulness
  • Mood Disorders
  • Nonbinary & Gender Non-Conforming
  • Non-Traditional Relationships
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • Open & Polyamorous Relationships
  • Other Helping Professionals and Fellow Therapists
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Personal Empowerment
  • Professionals and Entrepreneurs
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal & Postpartum
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Sexual Assault Survivors
  • Sexual harassement
  • Sexuality
  • Sleep/Insomnia
  • Social Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Supervision for LLMSW’s
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Type-A Personality
  • Women’s Health
  • Work/Life Balance

Background

Michelle has clinical training and experience as a social worker working in many different capacities and with ages across the lifespan. Michelle has experience working for community mental health agencies as a home-based therapist and as an outpatient therapist. During those experiences, Michelle primarily worked with children, adolescents and families. She also worked as an outpatient therapist, at St. Joseph Mercy behavioral health clinic, where she provided psychotherapy to clients, ages 4-70, and treated a multitude of diagnoses prior to joining Pietruck Therapy Services. 

Michelle Barron, LMSW Office

WHERE TO FIND US IN SALINE

We are located on Saline's Northeast side, off of Industrial Drive, close to Campus Parkway. Our office is located across the street from Saline High School in the Wood Duck Business Park Association.
You will immediately turn left into the parking lot and we are located at the very end of the building, Unit 1. There is free parking in the lot in front of our entrance.
Please come on in, take a seat in the waiting room and your therapist will be out to greet you at the time of your appointment.