Michelle Kalnasy Powell​​, Psy.D.

Who do I work with? I work with individuals and couples who are interested in improving their quality of life and cultivating more fulfilling relationships.  I enjoy helping my clients experience growth, trust, and connection in their lives.​

My areas of interest. I have a passion for couples therapy and providing LGBQ+ and trans* affirming therapy. My interest areas include women’s issues, sexual concerns, family of origin issues, life transitions, substance use concerns, and cultural concerns.  I also enjoy working with college students on a myriad of issues, including mood and anxiety.  I welcome the exploration of non-heteronormative identities and relationships.

How I practice. I work collaboratively to help clients better understand themselves and work through personal challenges and transitions.  My style brings a unique appreciation of how identity and cultural issues impact clients’ experiences with respect to race, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. I believe in the impact of a strong therapeutic relationship and I provide my clients with a safe space to feel heard and understood while challenging their patterns in relationships to help them be their authentic selves.

Being the ‘best you can be’ is really only possible when you are deeply connected to another.  Splendid isolation is for planets, not people. – Sue Johnson, Love Sense

My background. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and received my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2015. Prior to joining CTC, I provided individual, couples, and group therapy to adolescents and adults in college counseling centers. I also provided alcohol and other drug assessments and interventions for students in a large university system.   My training also included working with individuals and couples at Chicago Women’s Health Center and providing psychological assessment, individual, and family therapy to children and adolescents at Erie Neighborhood House.​

Anything else? I have specific training in couple therapy, including Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples and the Gottman Method of couples therapy.  My couples training also includes exploration of sexual concerns and working with couples in recovery from substance or with substance use concerns. I also have training working with LGBTQ+ communities through my previous work at Chicago Women’s Health Center and Purdue University.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with Michelle, please contact Dr. Bianka Hardin at Centered Therapy Chicago: (773) 569-1426 or BiankaHardinPsyd@centeredtherapychicago.com