Michelle Bilinski is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health. For the past 12 years Michelle has devoted her life to providing holistic guidance and support to children and adolescents. In 2014, she earned her Master's of Education in Educational Psychology from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec). Graduating from a distinguished program with reputable and thorough training exposed Michelle to a wide range of experiences working in various settings. Moreover, this experience confirmed her natural ability to guide and connect with young people.
Michelle draws from a variety of treatment methods including Expressive Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Mindfulness Training, Positive Psychology, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Her holistic “whole person” approach provides a safe environment where young people can explore and be active contributors to their development. Moreover, important skills learned in sessions inspire confidence and support families in creating lasting change. Her work is guided by the belief that when an individual is provided with the proper tools to understand and cope with their experiences, these internal resources can then be applied not only in the moment, but also for a lifetime. It is important for people to be aware of their strengths, potential, and positive attributes in order to achieve short and long-terms goals successfully.
Being current in relevant children & adolescent issues and development is fundamental to Michelle’s practice. She incorporates a diverse range of research-supported interventions informed by advances in family systems, neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology into her work. As a skilled practitioner, she works collaboratively with parents and their child/teen to build on existing strengths and to promote new learning for healthy development. If required, she is equipped to provide referrals and advocacy with outside services and monitors ongoing progress.
Deepening her professional development is an essential and life long goal for Michelle. Inspired by the success of integrating mindfulness training with her work as a child and youth counsellor, she is currently furthering her research between the connection of mindfulness and mental health though a certification program from Mindful Schools (San Francisco, CA). She is passionate about teaching mindfulness and firmly believes mindfulness is a healthy self-soothing method that can support young people in regulating their emotions. Research in neuroscience and attention provides evidence that meditation strengthens the neural systems of the brain that are responsible for concentration and emotion regulation processes. Becoming more mindful helps children and adolescents better regulate how life circumstances impact their mental health.
Michelle is empathetic, creative and truly cares about others. Her acknowledgement of our common humanity is the basis of her effectiveness.
Counselling - Family - Children and Adolescents
Counseling & Mental Health