Michelle Shellenberger - Couples Counseling on Bainbridge Island


Michelle Shellenberger - counselor
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Psychotherapy for Adults and Couples


Theraputic Approach



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Reaching an understanding in conversation presupposes that both partners are ready for it and are trying to recognize the full value of what is alien and opposed them.

~ Hans Georg Gadamer


I work with adults of both genders and have experience that includes but is not limited to some of the following common concerns:

  • anxiety and depression
  • grief & loss
  • feelings of emptiness
  • low self-esteem and loneliness
  • anger
  • self-harm
  • divorce or other major life changes
  • early emotional trauma
  • eating disorders
  • addictions & substance abuse
  • perinatal mood disorders and post partum support

Couples Therapy

Relationships can become such hard work that we can forget the joys of ever coming together in the first place. Blockages to the growth and vitality of a committed relationship can come from many different places. When I work with couples counseling I try to understand the blockages to growth in each particular relationship and to understand how each person in the couple relates to the other emotionally, and how each contibutes to the current dynamic.

I try to facilitate a deeper, more understanding connection between the couple through helping them gain awareness of how they relate to each other and what they do to create their current dynamic. Ideally, couples counseling results in an atmosphere where the couple can be open to new growth and new ways of being with each other.







Counselor Michelle Shellenberger, MA, Bainbridge Island WA