Michelle Hutchings, MA, LMFT

 
 

Life can feel like a roller coaster, with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. While many of the issues we face in our lives are manageable on our own, others may warrant a confidential, objective outsider to help us through. You don’t have to do it alone. I have been fortunate enough to work with individuals, couples and families from diverse backgrounds facing a wide variety of struggles. Whatever challenges you may be facing, take comfort in knowing you’re not alone and there is hope! I have always believed in people’s innate strength to overcome, and feel passionate about helping others remember and access their unique strengths that have helped them through previous struggles.

Michelle Hutchings

Education

I completed my undergraduate studies at Utah Valley University in 2011, graduating Magna Cum Laude with my Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology. The following year, pursuing my desire to experience new places and push myself, I moved to California to earn my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant International University in Sacramento.


Professional

While earning my Master’s degree I worked at a local outpatient drug abuse treatment facility working with individuals, couples and running groups. I also worked at a local non-profit agency where I offered low-cost counseling to people with a wide variety of issues. After graduation I completed my internship at The Davis Group where I now work as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#102246).

Clinical Specialties

I specialize in treating anxiety-related disorders and issues. Many people will experience anxiety to some degree in their lives, especially with the speed at which the world moves today, and when it becomes crippling or starts taking the wheel it can make all the difference in the world to get help taking back your power from anxiety. I use multiple modalities to address this struggle, such as Narrative Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Since I truly believe people have the ability to overcome their own difficulties and have many of their own answers, regardless of the technique being used, I also focus on building a sense of empowerment to improve your life as you would like to.

I also specialize in self-esteem and body image issues. With today’s society sending relentless messages about how we are supposed to view our bodies, amongst myriad other factors, it’s become so common to view ourselves and our bodies very negatively. It’s impossible for that view to not affect the way you go about life, either. If you find yourself struggling with this, regardless of the particular way it shows up (disordered eating, relationship difficulties, putting off your goals and desires until you “lose ten pounds”, etc.) know that you’re not alone and it doesn’t have to be this way! I can help you end that vicious cycle and build a healthy view of yourself that brings happiness and peace instead of upset and pain. My passion around this has me keeping up on the latest research and concepts around combating this particular, and pretty widespread, problem, as well.

Whatever the struggle is that brings you to therapy’s door, know that I will always see you as capable and will work tirelessly with you to realize that yourself as well! While part of how I go about things is related to your internal process and going through “the feelings”, I am always grounded in research and evidence-based techniques to keep us on track as well. Whether you are more of an emotional processing type of person, or a step-by-step, analytical type of person, I can help!


Personal

I was born and raised in Utah and moved to Sacramento in 2012 just before starting my Master’s program at Alliant. California has always had my heart, and while I miss the beautiful mountains in Utah, living in our warm weather near beaches, mountains, and (possibly most importantly) having no need to shovel snow have long-since convinced me this is home! I have a passion for travel, as evidenced by my ridiculously long travel bucket list! I love the way the places I’ve been able to visit have taught me more about life and people and given me a deeper respect for culture and context. I also enjoy weight training, running and yoga, which doesn’t always complement my love of gaining culinary skills…the struggle is real! Various other interests of mine include photography, motorcycles, hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.


Contact


Availability & Rates

  • Monday-Friday, 9-7
  • $150 per 50 minute session
  • $100+ sliding scale depending on need and availability