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Pre-doctoral Internship (APA-accredited)
The Help Group

Post-doctoral Training
The Help Group & Ashley Psychology Center

Certificate in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Postpartum Support International

Advanced Series Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
Florida Institute of Technology

Active member of Postpartum Support International (PSI)
Doctor of Clinical Psychology
Pepperdine University (APA-accredited)

Master of Arts in Psychology
San Diego State University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Art
University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Anxiety

  • Artistic and creative blocks

  • Depression

  • Family issues

  • Finding meaning / purpose

  • Life changes / transitions

  • Maternal mental health (pregnancy, adjustment to motherhood, identity within and outside of being a mother)

  • Neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. ADHD)

  • Parenting

  • Perinatal / postpartum depression + anxiety

  • Relationship/ dating challenges

  • Self-esteem

  • Stress

  • Clinical consultation + supervision
  • Individual therapy
  • Parenting consultation / coaching
  • Speaking engagements
  • Adults
  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Families

If you have found yourself on this page, it is likely because you are feeling that some aspect of your life could be better than it is right now—and it can be. Whether you are struggling with relationships or dating, trying to find your purpose in life, or feeling anxious, stressed, or depressed, beginning therapy is often the first step to finding relief. My work is guided by the notion that therapy should be, above all, helpful. Some days, you may find yourself wanting specific techniques, strategies, and tools. Other days, you might benefit most from a patient, listening ear. And, other times, you may wish to delve into earlier experiences to understand why you are feeling the way you do. My perspective is that these are all important aspects to the therapeutic journey, and I am here to help you in the ways that you need most. My approach is one of warmth and genuineness, and is tailored specifically to you. I have a profound belief in the transformative power of a strong therapeutic relationship—one that feels secure, nonjudgmental, and safe. Together, we will focus on helping you develop the insights and tools that lead to long-term, sustainable improvement in your life.

In addition to my work with individuals facing issues such as anxiety and depression, I also hold specialties in the following areas: maternal mental health, parenting, and child/adolescent therapy. I view all of these as being inherently interconnected and am deeply passionate about working with mothers throughout all stages—pregnancy, becoming new or second-time parents, navigating the postpartum period, adjusting to the identity of motherhood, and parenting across all ages and stages, from toddler tantrums to adolescent angst. When I work directly with children and adolescents, we lay the groundwork for long-term change, while also developing tools that can be used to cope in the present moment and build resiliency. We will always work closely together to create a complete therapy plan that benefits your family.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY-29440)

Dr. Michelle Jackson

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