As a therapist, my mission is to help you improve your emotional and physical wellbeing, enhance your ability to engage in interpersonal relationships, and empower you with useful tools which will help you problem solve. I am passionate about my work and always strive to work hard and encourage you to do the same. Let’s face it, life can be hard. We will work together as a team to figure out what is working well for you, and what areas of your life can use some improvement.
– Michaele Hawkinson, MA, LMFT
I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from Sacramento State University in Psychology. I worked hard in school and my good grades did not come easily. My work ethic and striving to do my best began at a very young age. I earned my Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from the Professional School of Psychology, which was when my interest in neurodiversity began to develop. This led me to one of my specialty areas of working with families living with Autism.
I am a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 44904) with over 20 years experience. I earned my clinical hours as an Associate at a non-profit children center. This is where I learned play therapy, sand tray therapy, and working with families to improve functioning and relationships.
In graduate School, I worked at an inpatient psychiatric facility, where I worked with cases of severe mental illness. It was here that I learned the importance of family history, drug and alcohol effects, and genetic influences.
Before joining The Davis Group, I spent over 15 years in private practice working with people experiencing various kinds of issues, including anxiety, depression, marital conflict, and challenging parental issues.
– Families living with Autism and other neurodiversities
– Helping adults navigate developmental changes, such as career changes, becoming empty nesters, retirement, etc.
– Helping caretakers avoid burnout, such as people caring for disabled children, aging parents, or those in various helping professions.
– Individual and couples therapy
I am the mother of two adult daughters on the Autism spectrum, which has given me a lot of experience navigating that world. My knowledge there has been hard-earned. I’ve also experienced a blended family and all of the changes and adaptations that come with that. I know that life is rarely black and white, and the value of a grounded, listening ear to help navigate these and other challenges.
My husband and I love to hike, garden, and fish. We are training our 85lb. Chocolate Labrador to be a certified therapy dog. He is already a natural at just over one year old. We also have a very grumpy 13 year old Chiweenie (Doxie/Chihuahua mix) who has no interest in anything therapeutic.
My joy comes from my family, my pets, music, and my Christian faith.