Human behavior has always been a fascination of Martha Gonzalez-Michaelis. A Colombian native, Martha is a highly-regarded professional counselor in North Texas. Specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy, Martha uses a unique approach to help patients achieve a new outlook on life. Having attended Nebraska Wesleyan University for undergraduate studies, Martha completed her graduate work at Oklahoma State University in 2000 with a Master of Science in Community Counseling. Since she graduated until Spring 2009, Martha practiced in the state of Texas. Today, she is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Arkansas and operates a private practice in Springdale and Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Martha is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Patients and Approach
Martha works with people ages fifteen and above, but specializes in the treatment of adults. When treating adolescents, parents play an integral part in the therapy program. The approach used in each treatment is simple. By helping each patient understand that life is a constant change, each individual will acquire the skills needed to overcome each personal challenge. Using a two-stage approach, Martha helps patients make progress with the concept that movement leads to a positive outcome. The first stage is based on Morita Therapy where individuals learn to accept feelings as they are. The second stage is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy where patients learn to understand themselves in a consistent manner and changing irrational beliefs. By understanding the circumstances that affect each individual, applying knowledge about human behavior and respecting the uniqueness to the individual, Martha helps patients every day learn how feelings can create a drain on our lives. Helping you move past your challenges and into a new you is what results from her two-stage approach.